Book Review Team wrote:I recommend this book to developers working with Eclipse, be it using the RCP or writing plugins for the full IDE. This book fills in a lot of gaps that are not well covered elsewhere. After reading, I think you'll discover that the doggie food can taste pretty good.
This book may have been good when it came out, but now it is hopelessly outdated and the information doesn't map well to the latest version of the Eclipse IDE. The book begins well, but as soon as you attempt to do things in the IDE, the trouble begins. The book begins to fall apart in Chapter 3 during the Target Platform Setup. It's completely unworkable. Since that's optional at that point, it can be skipped. But another roadblock occurs in Chapter 5 in "Adding the Contacts View to a Perspective". It doesn't work and even the code that can be downloaded from the accompanying website doesn't work (it runs, but it doesn't do what the book shows it's supposed to).
To be fair, up until the roadblock in Chapter 5 (and the unworkable Target Platform Setup in Chapter 3), the book is fairly good. But given that there's 29 chapters, 83% of the book is useless. I can't recommend this book to anyone attempting to learn the Eclipse RCP. If a Version 3 comes out, it may be worth picking up, but that remains to be seen. Stay away from this book unless you have an ERCP expert on hand to get you past the unreliable sections of the book.