The IBM Rational Development Tools for OSGi Applications help you build enterprise applications that benefit from the modularity, dynamism, versioning, and third-party library integration provided by the OSGi applications framework.
Alasdair Nottingham:So recently I decided to download the IBM Rational tools for OSGi Application Development from eclipse marketplace. I am a committer on Apache Aries and am involved in integrating this into WebSphere Application Server.
Alasdair Nottingham:Yesterday I blogged on how to get the free OSGi Applications tools from IBM Rational working on Eclipse 3.6 Classic. Having got the tools created the next step is to define a target platform. A target platform is the set of bundles you want to build and run your application with. Since Eclipse is a big OSGi application it already comes with a built in target platform for developing eclipse plugins. Since we are trying to create an enterprise OSGi application this isn't any good. We need a new one, but the tools don't come with one for free. In this post I will go through the steps involved in setting up a target platform for developing OSGi applications.