Eclipse 4 is Coming, Are You Ready?

Juno, the next Eclipse release train, will be the first time the default Eclipse platform will be based on Eclipse 4.   This means all the packages on the page will be based on Eclipse 4, so lots and lots of people are going to be using Eclipse 4.  The Eclipse 4 team has done a great job on the compatibility layer so we are expecting a smooth transition.

Eclipse 4 also presents a great opportunity for RCP developers to build even better RCP applications.  EclipseCon 2012 features a ton of sessions to educate developers on how to benefit from Eclipse 4.   Many of these sessions are being provided by the Eclipse 4 committers, so you get to learn from the experts:

– A 3 hour tutorial from Kai Toedter on ‘Creating Rich Clients with Eclipse RCP 4.x

The Eclipse 4 Platform Explained -Tom Schindl

Eclipse 4 API: The Path of Least Resistance – Eric Moffatt

Eclipse 4 meets CDO: Now You See It, and So Do They! – Eike Stepper, Eric Moffatt and Tom Schindl

Eclipse 4.2: Tips on API best practices for a 3.x plugin running on both platforms – Eric Moffatt, Remy Suen and Paul Webster

Eclipse 4’s Modeled UI: Providing you with the Tools to Chart you own graph – Remy Suen

– and Experiences from porting a commercial RCP application to Eclipse 4.x – Fredrik Attebrant and Anders Forsell

Of course there will also be lots of time for networking and meeting the committers working on Eclipse 4.   If you are involved in Eclipse RCP development or building Eclipse plugins, EclipseCon is going to be a great way to make sure you are ready for Eclipse 4 and Juno.

14 thoughts on “Eclipse 4 is Coming, Are You Ready?

  1. I’m dreading the move to Eclipse 4. Our Eclipse 3.7 RCP app just does not work in the latest E4 builds. I have asked for guidance on the e4 forum, but I am still in the dark. And yes, I would submit bug reports if I knew what was a bug and what wasn’t. What would be helpful would be if someone could clearly state what I need to do to get my RCP app to run properly in E4.

    1. Thanks for that link Lars. Is it the case that those plug-ins that you need to add to the product file do not have a dependency on the IDE plug-in. I recall that once when I added a dependency it also added such things as JUnit, JDK and the Search from the IDE. Clearly those elements are not wanted in an RCP app. Also, I believe one needs to add a default theme? I could not find out how to do that.

  2. Jan, wow – really cool. I’m looking forward to meet that “Frank” Attbrant who seems too have replaced me as speaker… Wonder what my colleague Anders thinks of presenting with this unknown guy… 😉

    –Fredrik …

  3. @lars – thanks for all the guidance. I finally managed to get my RCP app to run with e4. Unfortunately, there are so many things broken now that I just don’t know where to start – menu items not showing, NPEs, context menus not showing, UI threads out of sync, etc etc… Sorry, but it’s all rather depressing. I think I may not “upgrade” to e4 and may abandon the Eclipse platform at some stage and seek alternatives.

  4. Phillip, I’m the 4.2 dev lead. I’m interested in trying to figure out why you are having so many issues. Is there any way for me to get my hands on the RCP app to try it out.

    Conversely feel freel to join us on IRC and #eclipse-e4 where there will be folks around that know Eclipse 4 stuff…;-).

  5. I will try to transplant a Eclipse3.7 project to Eclipse4, having a little trouble, but I think I can solve。:)

  6. I also got this problem. recently i upgraded my project which was earlier runs on eclipse 3.2 to eclipse 4.1. The functions are working fine but most of the UI components are invisible on workbench as a result of this conversion. The bug related to this is and I stuck with this.I posted this on forums and still couldnt figure out how to enable these hidden components.

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