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e4 Contacts Demo

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Recently I contributed my e4 contacts demo to the e4 (e4 = Eclipse 4) cvs repository. Goal of the demo is to give good examples for e4 RCP related topics, like

  • CSS based styling and theming
  • Modeling the application UI skeleton
    (menu, toolbar, parts, commands, handlers, …)
  • Data binding everywhere
  • Product branding (not started yet)
  • Co-hosting using p2 (self-update, not started yet)

Here is a screenshot of the application using a dark css based theme:


And here the same application using a brighter css based theme:


The styling is pretty simple right now, I will enhance it using textures and gradients as soon as these features are implemented. The next screenshot shows the EMF based UI model of the application (workbench) skeleton:


Modeling the application workbench UI like this is very easy and straight forward. Rather than dealing with complex layouts programmatically or using extension points you can get a decent application skeleton quickly.

How to get and run the demo?

  • Install the latest Eclipse 3.5 SDK (currently 3.5RC1)
  • Install the latest EMF SDK
  • Open the cvs repository:
  • Check out the project e4/releng
  • Import the following team project sets
    form releng/org.eclipse.e4.ui.releng:
  • After having imported all the necessary projects from cvs, open project org.eclipse.e4.demo.contacts/contacts.product
  • In the Overview tab of the configuration editor, click “Launch an Eclipse Application”
  • Now the contacts demo shoud start with the dark css theming

Have Fun!

From http://www.toedter.com/blog

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