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RAP 1.5 M7 - New and Noteworthy

Here's a list of the most noteworthy things in the RAP 1.5 M7 milestone build which is available for download since May 11, 2012.

Arrow Buttons

Finally, we support the SWT.ARROW style flag for Button. This style is used together with one of SWT.TOP, SWT.BOTTOM, SWT.LEFT, or SWT.RIGHT to create buttons with an arrow symbol.

Of course, the style of arrow buttons can be configured in a theme:

Button[ARROW] {
  border: 1px solid #bdbdbd;
  padding: 10px;

Button-ArrowIcon[UP] {
  background-image: url( theme/images/arrow-up.png );

Non-blocking Script Evaluation for Browser

The Browser widget provides two methods to execute JavaScript, execute() and evaluate(). Both methods are blocking and won't work with the new JEE_COMPATIBILITY mode.

Therefore, a new utility class BrowserUtil has been introduced to evaluate JavaScript in a Browser widget in a non-blocking way. Instead of waiting for the script to be executed, you provide a BrowserCallback implementation that will be notified when the evaluation has completed:

Browser browser = new Browser( parent, SWT.NONE );
BrowserUtil.evaluate( browser, script, new BrowserCallback() {
  public void evaluationSucceeded( Object result ) {
  public void evaluationFailed( Exception exception ) {
} );

Markup Support for List

The support for simple HTML markup has been extended to the List widget. It can be activated in the same way like in Table and Label, using the constant RWT.MARKUP_ENABLED. Custom item height is supported too, using RWT.CUSTOM_ITEM_HEIGHT.

New Animations

The theming for Shell and Composite now supports these additional animations:

flyInTop, flyInRight, flyInBottom, flyInLeft,
flyOutTop, flyOutRight, flyOutBottom, flyOutLeft

In addition, Composite now also supports fadeIn, fadeOut, slideIn, and slideOut.

The animations are shown when the widget either appears or disappears, respectively. Since the widget's children are animated together with its parent, it's now possible to animate any widget by placing it in a Composite. It should be noted that the animations may not run smoothly in older browsers, or when the Shell/Composite is very bulky. Using fadeIn/Our or slideIn/Out in IE7 or 8 can cause minor rendering glitches during the animation, depending on the contained widgets and their theming.

Changes to Application API

In 1.5 M3, we introduced a new API to define and start RAP applications programmatically. We've noticed that the interface names involved in this new API lead to confusion, therefore we decided to rename a couple of interfaces to make the API easier to understand and to use. This post explains the new API in more detail.

To define an application, you now have to implement the interface ApplicationConfiguration:

public class SimpleConfiguration implements ApplicationConfiguration {

  public void configure( Application application ) {
    application.addEntryPoint( "/simple", SimpleEntryPoint.class, null );
    application.addEntryPoint( "/other", AnotherEntryPoint.class, null );

When registered as an OSGi service, an application instance will be started from this configuration by the org.eclipse.rap.rwt.osgi bundle.

Also, the param-name for registering an ApplicationConfiguration in a web.xml has changed. It is kept in the constant ApplicationConfiguration.CONFIGURATION_PARAM. The JavaDoc of this constant contains a code example.

Alternatively, an application can also be started programmatically using an ApplicationRunner:

ApplicationConfiguration configuration = new SimpleConfiguration();
ApplicationRunner runner = new ApplicationRunner( configuration, servletContext );


This list shows all bugs that have been fixed for this milestone build.

Previous Builds

The above features are just the ones that are new since the last milestone build. Summaries for earlier builds: