Scout's honour

Eclipse Scout marks EclipseCon presence with new Juno innovations

Chris Mayer

The business application framework has new tricks up its sleeve for Juno release including single sourcing support for any type of front end – be it desktop, Web, smartphone or tablet

The team behind Eclipse’s business application framework Scout has been incredibly busy, along with other projects, preparing for June’s release train, Juno. Today, the company behind the project, Business Systems Integration AG gave a little teaser of what’s new, with more to be revealed at the upcoming EclipseCon 2012 in the U.S.

Eclipse Scout was accepted by the Eclipse Foundation as a proposal status project back in early 2010, with the open source code following soon after. The Enterprise Application Framework was included in the annual Eclipse Release Train for the first time in the summer of 2011, so Juno marks their return.

Their roots go further back though, after a decade under the control of BSI before going fully open source. It was created in response to the overcomplicated implementation of business applications, and to boost the productivity of developers. Over that time, Scout has undergone several changes but is today based entirely on the Java/Eclipse platform. Scout also includes an SDK as well.

One highlight that Scout are excited about is true single-sourcing support for all types of front ends, through Eclipse RAP. Whether it’s desktop, Web, smartphone or tablet, Scout can develop client-server applications that can run each of them, without requiring the writing of separate program code for each respective front end.

This multi-front end capability was initially showcased at EclipseCon Europe back in November 2011, but it’s now apparent that Scout has lived up to its promise.

“Single-sourcing is a huge issue for companies,” commented Matthias Zimmermann, Eclipse Scout Project Lead. “Eclipse Scout lets developers concentrate on what they do best – writing user-friendly software. Their applications run on all front ends with a Scout program code that need only be written once.”

Jochen Krause, CEO at EclipseSource, said: “Successful multi-platform strategies are achieved most efficiently with single-sourcing technologies like our RAP framework. The power of Eclipse Scout’s development tools is very impressing. Data-centric applications can be created in a very unique way. Desktop, as well as web applications, can be used with no compromise in user friendliness.”

Another interesting feature offered is the new SVG capability, providing interactive dashboards, charts and graphics, which can be integrated and supplied to all front ends with very little effort. This makes it possible to display vector graphic-based dashboards, charts and graphics for business applications.

“Enterprise application data is growing ever more complex. Graphics make things simple and are therefore in demand by companies. A good example of how such a dashboard might look is the new cockpit in our BSI CRM software. It’s based on this new SVG field”, added Matthias Zimmermann.

Both these capabilities will be demonstated in full-view with two sessions from Zimmerman and Krause, which you can view here. You can also find current information about Eclipse Scout at EclipseCon on the Eclipse Scout blog and on Twitter. For those based in the US, and of an Eclipse/business background, check out the innnovations for yourself at EclipseCon.

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