Eclipse RIA Tools Updated
The Eclipse Foundation has announced two project milestones aimed at improving Rich Internet Application development, the Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) has hit milestone two with support for JFace dialogs and the Eclipse Ajax Toolkit Framework (ATF) has added support for OS X.
The RAP project is similar to the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) but differs in two ways, First while GWT runs an emulated Java engine in the browser, RAP is mainly server-side and uses Ajax to update the client. This results in event-handling in RAP being done server-side while in GWT it is on the client-side. Second, RAP has access to the full Java APIs and OSGi inside a web-container, because it is server-side. RAP has been described as an Eclipse RCP approach for web applications. Milestone two of RAP adds support for new events as well as dialogs.
ATF is already in use in products from Nexaweb and Genuitec. Wayne Beaton has written about how to get started with the project.