The Eclipse Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of Eclipse SDK 4.0, the next generation Eclipse platform. Eclipse has a very large and successful ecosystem of plugin providers and RCP application developers. Eclipse 4.0 introduces new features that make it easier for the members of the ecosystem to build and assemble Eclipse plugins and RCP applications.

Some of the new features introduced in Eclipse 4.0 include:

  • A model-based user interface framework to specifying the widgets in an application's user interface. This provides the developer a lot more flexibility to design a modern looking UI and remove the 'IDE-ness' that was often introduced into RCP applications.
  • A new CSS-based declarative mechanism for application styling allows you to change the skin of an application with CSS style sheets.
  • A services-oriented programming model makes it easier to use the services provided by the Eclipse platform.