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This is a draft project charter that is being made available at an early stage to facilitate feedback.


Eclipse Cloud Development Platform Charter

Overview

The Eclipse Cloud Development Platform (CDP) is an open source software development project dedicated to providing a robust, full-featured, commercial-quality, and freely available industry cloud platform for the development of highly integrated tools.

This charter was developed in accordance with the Eclipse Development Process and will outline the mission, scope, organization, and development process for the Eclipse Cloud Development Platform Project. This document extends the Eclipse Standard Top-Level Charter v1.1, and includes the required content and overrides which follow. It is anticipated that as the standard charter is updated, this charter will incorporate the changes and make adjustments as seen fit by the PMC, and with approval from the EMO and board of directors.

  • Descriptive name: Eclipse Cloud Development Platform
  • Nickname: Eclipse CDP

Mission

The mission of the Eclipse CDP is to create cloud development platforms to meet the needs of the Eclipse tool-building community and its users, to fulfill a vision of providing an industry tooling platforms that operate on top of cloud standards. The cloud has opened the world, creating standards with HTTP, browser renderers, cross-system programming languages, security protocols, and many other platform building blocks.

The Eclipse CDP provides infrastructure, standards and frameworks that make use of open cloud standards to offer a cloud development platforms for tools - open, extensible systems to execute distributed developer services (such as build, run, debug, test, continuous integration, deploy) while also providing open, extensible browser-based tooling applications that consume these services (e.g.: IDEs, source clients).

The project has a goal of finding common ground between its constituent projects and establishing common tooling building blocks and APIs where possible to facilitate integration and interoperability between them. This project will focus on:

  1. Standards and Protocols for provisioning cloud developer platforms, cloud developer environments, and the interaction of clients with services
  2. Frameworks for building, loading, managing, running, and executing distributed tooling extensions with browser-client interfaces
  3. Extensions for programming languages, build systems, frameworks, ALM and code assistant tools

Hosted Developer Environment Clouds that manage large populations of developers, projects, and activity with maximum density and minimum hardware

  1. Analytics to derive deep data insights from developer population activity
  2. Tools and Cloud IDEs that orchestrate developer tooling and workflows across distributed systems
  3. Solutions that build ready-to-run solutions based on the other building blocks

The success of the initiative depends on how well the solutions built enable a wide range of tool builders to create best of breed integrated tools that run on a distributed system and accessed by a variety of clients over open standards. But the real vision of pure cloud development is only realized if different tools can be combined by users to suit their unique requirements, in ways the tool authors never imagined.

This document describes the composition and organization of the project, roles and responsibilities of the participants, and development process for the project.

Scope

The Eclipse CDP encompasses four areas of work: