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Q regarding future of SWT & JFace

 
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Hi,
Currently if one wishes to build standalone applications using SWT and JFace then one needs a whole bunch of unrelated jars to compile and deploy applications.
Will the eclipse project provide SWT+JFace as convenient separate distributables or does this GUI toolkit hold future promise only for applications that are eclipse plugins ?
Thanks,
Tarun
 
Tarun Ramakrishna Elankath
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I have been browsing through the posts here and found the answer to my own question Eclipse's Rich Client Platform targeted towards non IDE clients.
http://dev.eclipse.org/viewcvs/index.cgi/%7Echeckout%7E/platform-ui-home/rcp-proposal/rich_client_platform_facilities.html
 
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If all you want is SWT+JFace you don't need the new Rich Client stuff. You just need swt.jar, the swt dll, jface.jar, runtime.jar, and boot.jar. The last 3 aren't needed if you want to use SWT without JFace.
 
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One of the other cool things they've done recently is make a single download for SWT (follow the link and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page). This is great because now you don't have to package SWT with your app, you can give people a link to go download it. I really wish they'd do the same for JFace... package it separately, and maybe add more stuff into it!
 
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