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The Eclipse 3.0 platform: Adopting OSGi technology

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5 Author(s)
O. Gruber ; IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, 19 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY 10532, USA ; B. J. Hargrave ; J. McAffer ; P. Rapicault
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From its inception Eclipse was mainly designed to be a tooling platform, but with Version 3.0, Eclipse is now evolving toward a Rich Client Platform (RCP). This change, driven by the open-source community, brought a whole set of new requirements and challenges for the Eclipse platform, such as dynamic plug-in management, services, security, and improved performance. This paper describes the path from the proprietary Eclipse 2.1 runtime to the new Eclipse 3.0 runtime based on OSGi® specifications. It details the motivation for such a change and discusses the challenges this change presented.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 2 )