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  Technical Report: Breaking Out of Eclipse: Developing an ActiveX Host for SWT

Breaking Out of Eclipse: Developing an ActiveX Host for SWT

Technical Report #:03-10
Author(s): Li-Te Cheng
Category(s):ActiveX, Eclipse, SWT, embedded user interface, user interface components
Full Citation:OOPSLA 2003 - 18th Annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications / Eclipse Technology Exchange Workshop
Anaheim, CA, Oct. 27, 2003
Copyright 2003, IBM. All rights reserved. IBM RC# 22932


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SWT enables Eclipse developers to create user interfaces with native OS look-and-feel and performance. Without significant extra effort, however, SWT applications are limited to operate within the confines of Eclipse, or as a standalone desktop application. This paper describes the motivation and initial efforts to embed SWT applications within an ActiveX container, presents a simple API to enable SWT applications for ActiveX containment, and discusses future directions for embedding the Eclipse framework into other external native OS applications.

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