Eclipse Platform is the name for the core frameworks and services upon which plug-in extensions are created. It provides the runtime in which plug-ins are loaded and run. In order to use the term with the right degree of (im)precision, it is useful to know some things about the Platform. First off, the Eclipse Platform itself is not really a true product that would ship by itself. The Platform's direct consumers are tool builders, or ISVs, since they add the value to the Eclipse Platform that makes it useful to people.
The Eclipse Platform is divided up into Core and UI. Anything classified as "UI" needs a window system, whereas things classified as "Core" can run "headless". The UI portion of the Eclipse Platform is known as the Workbench. The core portion of the Eclipse Platform is simply called the Platform Core, or Core.
So the Eclipse Platform is just the nucleus around which tool builders build tool plug-ins.
Platform - Short for "Eclipse Platform".
Rich Client Platform (RCP)
A subset of the Eclipse Platform that forms a generic application framework, rather than a framework for building development tools. This subset does not contain the Resources plug-in, or any UI relating to resources.
Workbench - Short for "Eclipse Platform UI".
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