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RAP mobile gets another preview in 0.5.8

Chris Mayer

The latest addition to the native mobile toolkit have been revealed by the EclipseSource team

The regular updates just keep coming for the EclipseSource iOS and Android widget toolkit project, as RAP mobile 0.5.8 previews just some of the new performance upgrades and new widgets.

Whilst most of the changes have been done on the mobile client side, RAP (Rich Ajax Platform) itself has been given a coat of gloss by the team with the introduction of a new Application API, which allows developers to use OSGi lightweight frameworks but without ties to the Eclipse stack. This means they can now kill internal RAP and workbench references.

As for support, the Android client now supports the SWT Group Widget (see below) whilst there’s the introduction of the UI right-click for the mobile space. RAP mobile now supports a special discovery mechanism to help you find the available entry points configured for an Application. You can append the special identifier “/index.json” to your URL, which delivers a JSON document listing all the available entry points.

Other new tidbits include the addition of client-side caching of images, plus improved handling of a session timeout. For all that’s new in this release, check out the blogpost. Hopefully, we’ll see this project come to fruition in the coming months.

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