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RAP the WEB - Innoopract introduces first Eclipse-based AJAX platform

March 23, 2006; 01:57 AM

Mar 22, 2006

RAP offers an architecture and usage similar to the Rich Client Platform (RCP) and includes a library of components built in the JavaTM programming language and AJAX. Developers can use these components to develop dynamic user interfaces in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.

"With RAP we expand Eclipse with the features of Web 2.0", says Jochen Krause, CEO of Innoopract GmbH. In the pursuit of this goal, the German-based company will release the core of its W4T technology as open source into the RAP project and will support a supplier-independent development strategy for the RAP technology.

"We are please to have this new proposal from Innoopract," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse Foundation. "It is great example of the technical innovation that is occurring in the Eclipse community."

Web-based business applications often fall short of the expectations. With web applications, the inclusion of a multitude of different technologies leads to substantially higher development and administration costs when compared to client-server applications. Furthermore, the user experience of web applications is still a big step behind the established standards in desktop applications.

Desktop applications have benefited from some groundbreaking concepts in the last several years, most notably the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP). RCP has convincingly addressed the issue of operating system independence and offers sophisticated and flexible application architecture as a basis for robust desktop applications.

Web applications are also becoming faster and more user-friendly with AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML). AJAX combines several existing technologies to provide a more dynamic interactive Web UI by selectively downloading content and sparing the need to entirely reload mostly unchanged pages. Yet with all this additional technology being added to Web applications, without the right tools, AJAX further increases the complexity of web applications.

Innoopract has introduced RAP with the intention of converging the benefits of Eclipse, RCP and AJAX for the development of dynamic, next-generation web applications while also reducing the cost of development. Developers familiar with Eclipse will feel at home with RAP development and will be able to quickly and effectively extend RCP applications to the Web or create new applications from scratch. This can be done efficiently without needing to code HTML or JavaScript since these technologies are encapsulated into the Widget Toolkit. In addition, compatibility issues resulting from multiple browsers are solved through the rendering kits which automatically adapt applications to the characteristics of the respective browser.

RAP has been proposed to the Eclipse Foundation as an Open Source Project (http://eclipse.org/proposals/rap). Assuming it is approved, the first release is planned in the summer 2006. Individuals and companies interested in this projected are cordially invited to actively participate.

About Innoopract

Innoopract is a provider of Eclipse-based software and services including the Yoxos Eclipse Distribution and the W4T Eclipse development platform for visual Web development. As a founding member of the Eclipse foundation and with its long history of consulting and plugin development for the Eclipse platform, Innoopract is the ideal partner for realizing high returns in adopting Eclipse. For more information on the company, visit www.innoopract.com.

About the Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse Platform.

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org.

Jochen Krause
Tel US: (503) 608-7972
Tel GER.: +49 721-966-2360
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