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WDSC and RDi are based on the open source development platform called Eclipse. Eclipse is described as 'an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle.'

WDSC and RDi are implemented as Eclipse plugins. The plugins that make up any given version of WDSC/RDi are tied to a specific version of Eclipse.

Tool version Eclipse version
WDSC 6.0.1 3.0.2
WDSC 3.2.2
WDSC 3.2.2
WDSC 3.2.2
RDi 7.1 3.2.2
RDi 7.5 3.4.1 [1]
RDp 7.5 3.4.1
RDp 7.6 3.4.2
RDp 8.0 3.6.1
RDp 8.5 3.6.2
RDi 9.0 4.2
RDi 9.5 4.4

You can verify the version of Eclipse by looking at Help -> About. There is a text box describing the application and below that, a row of icons. The Eclipse platform icon is a purple circle with 3 horizontal lines with a white background. Click that. Look in the list for the feature named Eclipse Platform. The version there is the version of Eclipse in use.

Many references to Eclipse use a name like Galileo. These names refer to what the Eclipse Project calls a Simultaneous Release. The plan is to have a new Simultaneous Release each year. The following table cross references the Simultaneous Release name to the Eclipse Platform version. Knowing this is valuable for WDSC / RDi users because some plug-ins are compatible with specific Eclipse Platform versions.

Simultaneous Release name Eclipse platform version
Callisto 3.2
Europa 3.3
Ganymede 3.4
Galileo 3.5
Helios 3.6
Indigo 3.7
Juno 4.2
Kepler 4.3 (June 2013)
Luna 4.4 (June 2014)
Mars 4.5 (June 2015)
Neon 4.6 (June 2016)
Oxygen 4.7 (Planned for June 2014)

Command line

The shortcut that starts Eclipse has various command line options available. Here is the full list for Eclipse 3.2

Here is a quick reference of a few especially useful options:

Option Description
-clean Clean the caches used to store bundle dependency resolution and eclipse extension registry data, forcing re-initialisation.
-data c:\wdsc\workspace_name Start the workbench by opening workspace_name
-product IBM default workbench branding/information
-showLocation Display the workspace in the title bar

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