How to Get Help when building Eclipse RCP Applications

During our recent webinar on Eclipse Rich Client Platform, one of the attendees asked this question:

If we have some technical issues during RCP development work, where can we post our problems?

The answer to this question depends on how you define “issues” and “problems”. If the problem you have is a bug, then you should report it on the Eclipse bugzilla under the “Eclipse” project’s “Platform” product.

If the problem is a lack of understanding, there are several sources of information you should consider. First, there’s the RCP Wiki pages. Also on the wiki, The Official Eclipse FAQs is a good source of information on RCP and more. If you’re looking for help beyond what the FAQ can provide, try posting a question on the RCP newsgroup.

You should pick up a copy of “Eclipse Rich Client Platform: Designing, Coding and Packaging Java Applications“. It contains a lot of information on Eclipse RCP and will set you off in the right direction. You should also step through the Eclipse RCP Tutorial (parts one, two, and three). Other RCP resources can be found here.

Finally, there are companies that provide Eclipse RCP Services. Some of them are listed here.

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One Response to How to Get Help when building Eclipse RCP Applications

  1. pookzilla says:

    Popping onto irc.freenode.net #eclipse channel and asking there can also produce results (if we’re in a good mood🙂

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