RAP is known as a platform for running remote Eclipse applications on the web. In 2012 the RAP team delivered three versions of the new 2.x development stream, and is now working hard on the 2.3 release for Eclipse Luna.
Mobile devices are everywhere! In the last years Smartphones and tablets have become ubiquitous. This also means that mobile browsers are more and more important because people can surf the web from everywhere. All this different devices and resolutions are a challenge for UI designers.
When doing common web-design you can use all kind of CSS frameworks and magic to create a responsive design. But what about SWT applications?
Imagine your boss tells you to set up the cloud-infrastructure for a public trial system in three days. It should consist of isolated software labs where the trial users are able to execute their uploaded web applications. When a user joins the trial, a sandbox for his personal use should be created on-the-fly. In this sandbox he can access, manage, and monitor his latest application whenever he wants.
You think this is impossible? We thought the same :-).
Manual development of user interfaces for Business application has several drawbacks. Visible components such as forms or reports are typically subject to constant change, based on user feedback. Additionally often many forms are developed in parallel while still all forms must comply to a uniform look and feel. Typical UI layout technologies are powerful, but also complex to use, as they have to support any kind of possible layout. Maintenance and testing of manually coded forms is costly, time-consuming and error-prone.