Section 2. Introduction
Rational Application Developer V7, hereafter called Application Developer, is anintegrated development environment (IDE). It is based on the open-source Eclipsedevelopment platform. The
platform is an extensible development platformand application framework for building software. You can add plug-ins to theplatform to include new functions.The Eclipse platform by itself comes with a Java IDE for Java applicationdevelopment. It provides some common tools and features for Java developers. Builton top of the Eclipse platform, Application Developer adds a great number ofcapabilities including J2EE development, XML, Web service development, anddatabase development.Select a workspace location, as shown in Figure 1, when you first start ApplicationDeveloper. A
can be any directory location where your work is stored. Ifyou are working on multiple projects at the same time, use different workspaces foreach project to ensure a clear code separation.
Figure 1. Selecting a workspace location
After you have chosen a workspace, the Welcome page displays, as shown inFigure 2. It offers quick links to tutorials and samples. Click on the Overview icon totake a guided tour of Application Developer.