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Development Resources/HOWTO/The Eclipse Code Namespace Policy

Eclipse projects must carefully manage their namespaces in order to help identify the producer of components and avoid namespace collisions.

Some of the content here is presented in the form of guidelines ("should"), and some in the form of rules ("must"). In general, it's about being a good citizen and playing well with others. We believe/hope that exceptions to the rules are rare; exceptions to rules must be approved by the Project Management Committee and the EMO.

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Java Package Names

Java package naming conventions are well-established and so Java package names must take the standard reverse DNS form:

org.<forge>.<shortname>.<component>.*

Where:

  • forge is the short name of the hosting forge, e.g. "eclipse", "locationtech", or "polarsys";
  • shortname is the short name of the project (i.e. the last segment of the project id), e.g. "dali", "egit", "udig"; and
  • component is project-specific

Multiple component segments are permitted.

Examples:

  • org.eclipse.emf.core, org.eclipse.emf.edit, org.eclipse.emf.edit.ui; and
  • org.locationtech.udig.resources

Java package names use the "flat" or "short" project name in the third segment; they should not include, for example, the name of the top-level project or any parent/container project.

  • e.g. org.eclipse.graphiti.core, not org.eclipse.modeling.mdt.graphiti.core or org.eclipse.mdt.graphiti.core.

Scala Package Names

TBD

Packaging/Distribution

Features

The feature name should be descriptive of the feature. There is no need to include the project name in the feature name. Think of a descriptive name that is useful to the end user/consumer.

The provider name should be the full project name. If the name does not already do so, then prefix it with the name of the forge, e.g. "Eclipse EGit", "Eclipse SWTBot", or "LocationTech uDig".

OSGi Bundle Names

OSGi Bundle names must follow the same rules as Java Package Names.

The Bundle-Vendor should be the full project name. If the name does not already do so, then prefix it with the name of the forge, e.g. "Eclipse EGit", "Eclipse SWTBot", or "LocationTech uDig".

Maven Repositories

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This is a work in progress.

These guidelines/rules apply primarily for Eclipse Foundation-hosted Maven repositories. We believe that it is in the best interests of the broader community to consistently apply these guidelines/rules outside of that scope as well.

Maven Group Ids

Per Maven naming conventions, the Maven group id must follow the standard reverse DNS naming convention:

org.<forge>.<short-name>

Where:

  • forge is the short name of the hosting forge, e.g. "eclipse", "locationtech", or "polarsys";
  • "short-name" is the short name of the project (the name used in IPZilla, and the in project information pages]

Examples:

  • org.eclipse.egit, org.eclipse.birt
  • org.locationtech.udig, org.locationtech.geomesa
  • org.polarsys.reqcycle, org.polarsys.cotsaq

For discussion, please see [1].

Maven Artifacts

Maven Versions

Java Archive (JAR/WAR/EAR) Names

TBD


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