The Eclipse Foundation announces the release of Eclipse Riena 1.0, a platform for developing multitier rich client applications based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform and Equinox. Riena provides a platform for building distributed enterprise applications that simplify user interface development and the integration of back-end systems.
The Eclipse Foundation
announced on March 2 the release of Eclipse Riena
1.0, "a platform for developing multitier rich client applications based
on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) and Equinox."
Prior to this release, Riena was an Eclipse incubator project. As a mature
Eclipse project, Riena 1.0 "provides a set of major components and is now
available for download at www.eclipse.org/riena. ... Riena was established as an
open-source project within the Eclipse community in February 2008," the
foundation said in a news release. The release said:
Riena provides a platform for building
distributed enterprise applications that simplify the user interface
development and the integration of back-end systems. Core to Riena is an OSGi [Open
Services Gateway Initiative]-based Remote Services Component that allows
developers to easily create distributed client/server applications.
Equinox is Eclipse project that provides an implementation of OSGI. It is
basically a plug-in system that allows developers to implement an application
in a set of "bundles" using common services and infrastructure.
"Riena 1.0 is a great example of innovative run-time technology that is
being developed at Eclipse," Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the
Eclipse Foundation, said in the statement. "Projects like Riena help
support the growth of Equinox and Eclipse RCP as a solution for developing
According to the statement:
The 1.0 release of Riena delivers a
set of components based on Equinox and the Eclipse RCP. These components
- Remote Services allows for the
communication and coordination between OSGi-based components on a client and
server, enabling truly distributed component deployment.
- Riena User Interface and Navigation
Components provide developers with the frameworks and building blocks that
accelerate the development of the client user experience for business-centric
- Object Transaction allows developers
to isolate the object level changes on a client application before communicating
those changes to a server. This enables more efficient client/server
communication and client rollback of changes.
- Authentication and Authorization
extend the Equinox Security model to allow for security in a distributed
- Client Monitoring is a server
component that tracks the status of each client in a distributed system.
"We have already received extremely positive user feedback regarding
Riena," Christian Campo, project group leader of Eclipse Riena and an IT
consultant at Compeople, said in a statement. "The availability of the
first release will allow even more developers to use the Riena platform for
their mission-critical business applications."
Eclipse officials said the Riena project will be part of "the Galileo
release train, a coordinated release of different Eclipse projects that is due [to
ship at the end of] June 2009. In addition, the second release of Riena is
already in planning and will include enhanced features and components for the
development of user interfaces and navigation."