Rich client platform

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The rich client platform (RCP) is a programmer tool that makes it easier to integrate independent software components,[1] where most of the data processing occurs on the client side.[2]


RCP is a software consisting of the following components:

With an RCP, programmers can build their own applications on existing computing platforms. Instead of having to write a complete application from scratch, they can benefit from proven and tested features of the framework provided by the platform. Building on a platform facilitates faster application development and integration, while the cross-platform burden is taken on by the platform developers. The platform allows the seamless integration of independent software modules like graphic tools, spreadsheets and mapping technologies into a software application with a simple click of the mouse.[1]

Their creators claim that programs built with RCP are portable to many operating systems while being as rich as client–server applications which use traditional clients.

Open-source examples are the Eclipse, NetBeans and Spring Framework RCPs for Java.

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  1. ^ a b "What Is a Rich Client Platform?". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  2. ^ "CHAPTER 1: Introduction > What Is a Rich Client Platform? - Pg. 3". Safari Books Online. Retrieved 2012-07-16.

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