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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430218274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430218272
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vladimir Silva holds a master's degree in computer science from Middle Tennessee State University. He worked for four years at IBM as a research engineer, where he acquired extensive experience in distributed and grid computing research. Vladimir is a highly technical, focus-based individual and team player. He belongs to two national honor societies, has published many computer science articles for IBM, and is author of Grid Computing for Developers (Charles River Media, 2005) and RCP Practical Projects (Apress, 2008).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Broadmeadow on November 8, 2010
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I've found few RCP or SWT books that are worth much.

ERCP Projects is the perfect kind of book for Java developers who are bootstrapping into RCP work. It doesn't presume a lot of knowledge but isn't dumbed down to the point of inanity. Since the book is based around projects in a cookbook style, it gives great bits of code examples which work as starting points.

This is the kind of book which perfectly compliments the sort of material you can find in the Help, the API and on Google but doesn't replicate that information.

The only complaint I have is not with the book itself but with buying it through Amazon for the Kindle. Since I work as a software developer it is common for others to ask if I have any information about some aspect of development. I can't lend the Kindle copy in any fashion.

Even that might be acceptable if I could cut & paste code snippets but the freakin' Amazon desktop book reader will not allow it. Bogus.

In the future I'll buy PDFs from individual publishers or buy paper copies. This one, for example, is directly available from Apress as a PDF book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roby E. Gamboa on November 1, 2009
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Disclaimer: I tend to strain the limits of most software development frameworks, so I'm probably not the best source of review material for introductory programming references. That said, this book provided some valuable insight into how to best structure plugin and feature projects in Eclipse in order to develop a non-trivial RCP application.

I am also starting to work on RAP (Rich Ajax Platform) applications, and a lot of the information and implementation patterns in this reference carried over to that development platform as well.

There were some aspects of programming for RCP that I was looking for, but haven't been able to find yet. Specifically:

- Interacting with the Equinox OSGi container to provide more advanced deployment models.
- Detailed information for enabling different help/documentation capabilities in an RCP application, other than the base-level capabilities of the environment.
- Working with Plugin-Target Environment definitions to provide tailored runtime environments for use with developed RCP applications.
- Use of custom widgets with RCP applications (definition of custom widgets is normally found in an SWT/JFace reference, what I was looking for was effective packaging and use of these custom controls in the context of an overall RCP application).
- Tailoring build settings and Plugin Update functionality to integrate with products that generate OS-native installers for the first deployment of an RCP application. Once an RCP (or other plugin) application has been deployed for the first time, use of an update site is advised and fairly straightforward to accomplish using this reference as a guide.
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More About the Author

Vladimir Silva was born in Quito, Ecuador. He received a System's Analyst degree from the Polytechnic Institute of the Army in 1994. In the same year, he came to the United States as an exchange student pursuing an M.S. degree in Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, he joined the IBM WebAhead technology think tank. His interests include Grid Computing, Neural Nets, and Artificial Intelligence. He also holds numerous IT certifications including OCP, MCSD, and MCP. He has written many technical articles for IBM developerWorks in the fields of grid computing, and security.

Here is a list Vladimir's technical papers:

1. Crunch big numbers with GT3 using a quadratic sieve. http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-factor/

2. Advanced UI design for GNOME. http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-slik/

3. Globus Toolkit 4 Early Access: WSRF. http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-gt4early/

4. Secure Java apps on Linux using MD5 crypt. http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-md5crypt/

5. Design skinnable Java UIs for media players with native performance. http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-slik/

6. Manage X.509 certificates in your grid with Java Certificate Services.
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-jsc/

7. IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal: GT3 and WebSphere compatibility
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/techjournal/0310_silva/silva.html

8.Using Java with Globus Grid Security Infrastructure
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-ggsi.html

9. The Master Managed Job Factory Service (MMJFS)
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-factory/

10. Set up a grid job scheduler with the Globus Toolkit 3.2.x
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-sched/

11. Build a data grid with the Storage Resource Broker.
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-srb/

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