Eclipse 4 Application Development – Paper book published

I’m happy to announce that the paper version of the Eclipse 4 Application Development book has been published. The Kindle version has also been updated. Whoever has already the “Early access version” for the Kindle should get an update soon. Unfortunately Amazon takes a few days to process the update to existing Kindle readers.

You can order it directly from Amazon. For example

I’m very grateful to my reviewers. I would like to thank Eric Moffat, Rabea Gransberger, Paul Webster, Remy Suen, Sopot Çela, Kai Tödter, Brian de Alwis, Matthew Hall, Phill Perryman, Marcel Bruch, Boris Bokowski, Daniel Stainhauser, Tom Schindel, Christoph Keimel and Holger Voormann for a detailed review of the material. They helped me a lot to improve the material.

This book is not an Eclipse 3.x delta description. I hope that new developers find their way to the Eclipse 4 platform and that this book help them to learn the Eclipse 4 programming model. Developer with experience in Eclipse 3.x can hopefully skip the chapters which cover SWT, JFace and the like.

The Eclipse 4 platform is a major rewrite of the Eclipse code base and makes the programming model of Eclipse very flexible and powerful. Building your application based on this framework enables you to leverage these capabilities and to create powerful native applications.

I am personally very impressed by the ability of the Eclipse community in redefining the underlying programming model. I believe this ability and the existing ecosystem will ensure that the Eclipse programming model will remain one of the strongest programming models for creating native clients.

I hope this book helps you to learn the new Eclipse programming model, if you are an existing Eclipse programmer. And if you are new to the platform, I hope you get a great introduction in the Eclipse RCP technology stack.

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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16 Responses to Eclipse 4 Application Development – Paper book published

  1. First-developer says:

    Nice book :)
    Well done

  2. I bought the eBook and must say, very well written. The only issue I have so far is reading the book on my Kindle Reader App on MacOS. The font for code is too small to be readable. I have to increase the font setting very much to have a readable font size for the code snippets. Reading on my iPad works quite well.

    Do you have any idea what may have caused that? I’m running Lion. No Retina Display :)

    Thanks in advance

  3. Lars Vogel says:

    Hi Thomas, sorry for that. I tried on a real Kindle device and it looks good. Sounds like the Kindle app on MacOS as a bug especially if reading it on the iPad works fine.

  4. Giorgio says:

    first of all thanks for your great work on java and eclipse.
    Only a question, I bought the early version of the book and I’m still waiting for the update, is it normal?

  5. Dietrich Schmidt says:

    Ist auch eine deutsche Ausgabe geplant?

  6. Sopot Cela says:

    On iPad it looks fine.

  7. Lars Vogel says:

    @Giorgio I asked Amazon to roll out the update. Unfortunately they are very slow.

  8. Matthew Campbell says:

    Just a note to those waiting on an updated kindle version – I sent a note in to Kindle Support asking when I would have it available and they were able to push me the update pretty much immediately (after I acknowledged I’d lose my highlights and furthest page read).

  9. Lars Vogel says:

    @Matthew: Thanks, that is valuable information. I send another request to Amazon that they should push out the update. The behavior of Amazon really sucks in this case, they are way to slow.

  10. Mrinal Kanti says:

    Anxiously waiting for this on Oreilly Safari. Any updates when it could be made available?

  11. Lars Vogel says:

    @Mrinal: There are no plans to make this available on Oreilly Safari

  12. Arnold Kim says:

    Great book Lars,
    Thank you for helping me make quick sense of the changing environment of Eclipse development.

  13. Howard Burgett says:

    I really like the book. My kindle version is 7.4. Is this the latest, or should I be expecting Amazon to push a newer version?

  14. Lars Vogel says:

    @Howard: The old version had “Early access version” in the title. If you still have this version should should find an update on your Kindle page on

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