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EclipseSource unveil RAP Mobile for Android 0.5.3

Chris Mayer
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The latest developments for EclipseSource’s RAP Mobile for Android are revealed in 0.5.3.

Right at the beginning of the month,
EclipseSource were showcasing
their native Rich Ajax Platform
(RAP) clients for iOS and Android, but now we’ve been given
something extra. Yesterday the team unleashed an update to
the Android
client (v0.5.3)
ushering in some new features.

EclipseSource has cottoned on to how big a part mobile will play
in the future of software development and will certainly take up
the majority of the thinking for 2012. RAP allows developers to run
mobile platform apps written in pure Java/SWT. In this new version
of RAP Mobile for
Android, we’ve got the obligatory bug fixes and stability and
performance improvements, but alongside that there’s some new
features requested by the wider community.

The Tree Widget now supports the SWT.Virtual style flag, meaning
you can scroll through huge amounts of data. Intelligent
pre-caching also makes it possible to have content visible even
when scrolling very quickly – a huge plus point. There’s also small
extensions such as refined support for colouring so you can
now call button.setBackground(redColor) to
change the background color of the button. The change in color
applies not only to the default state but to all button states such
as pressed, disabled, focused etc.

UI updates are accumulated to execute in one
operation and if a tooltip is set on a Text widget, the tip
displays inside the Android EditText. You can use this to add hints
for completing fields.

For all that is new and noteworthy in RAP
Mobile for Android, check out the release notes. The team are also
keen to garner feedback on the developer preview
program, which allows you to experience the client
firsthand.

As RAP improves during the year, we’ll keep
you updated on its progress towards a first major
version.

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