Happy Birthday RCP!

Five years ago today a Bugzilla entry was submitted calling for the creation of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform. While I’m sure the idea was bouncing around before the entry was submitted, I think of this date as the point at which the idea of RCP began to become a reality.

And is it ever a reality! Over the last five years RCP has matured into an amazingly useful application development platform. RCP is now approaching its fifth major release, which will introduce the new p2 provisioning system. I can’t wait to see and be a part of what RCP will become in the future.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with RCP over most of these past 5 years, and have witnessed many success stories. I’ve seen RCP used in every type of organization you can imagine, and I’ve seen applications developed with RCP that I’m convinced would not have been possible without it.

So I’d like to take this moment to say Happy Birthday RCP!  And to all the developers who have made RCP what it is today – thank you! You’ve done an amazing job.

P.S. For any RCP developers who might be feeling thankful as well, why not show your gratitude by becoming a Friend of Eclipse?