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RestructureGenericServerSupportProposal

Proposal for restructuring the Generic Server Support

by Gorkem Ercan

Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 8:43 AM To: General discussion of project-wide or architectural issues. Subject: [wtp-dev] Organizing generic servers for 1.5

Hello,

In order to be able to support a better feature structure and ease the maintenance/updates of the different generic server plugins. I would like to propose the following changes to the plugin structure for 1.5 release.

1. Move all the different generic server implementations into its own plugin. As a result we introduce two (why two? coming up in a sec.) more plugins in addition to current websphere plugin.

org.eclipse.jst.server.generic.oc4j org.eclipse.jst.server.generic.weblogic

After this change org.eclipse.jst.server.generic.serverdefinitions becomes obsolete and will be removed for 1.5

2. Our current server support is for JBoss is limited to version 3.2.3 and this is an outdated version and we do not have enough resources to maintain newer versions of the server so unless there is a good interest to develop and maintain plugins for newer versions. I would like to drop the JBoss 3.2.3 support.

3. Naci has stated their interest to move the JOnAS support to ObjectWeb, most likely under Lomboz.If that is the case JOnAS will still be present as an installable server in WTP distros, just like Geronimo. If that is not the case, we can have a plugin (org.eclipse.jst.server.generic.jonas) for it as well.

4. Also I would like to propose a new plugin (org.eclipse.jst.server.installable) to hold the installable servers as the interest for them is growing.

I think above changes will also improve the configurability of WTP.

Thanks, Gorkem Ercan