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TM Future Planning

Collect input for the planning process for Target Management 2.0.x service releases, and next year's major release (Eclipse Ganymede train). Goals of this page are

  • Collect ideas and Requirements for Target Management Ganymede and beyond
  • Find out who needs what features
  • Find out who would be willing to work on what

This is a collective Wiki, so everyone in the community is welcome to contribute to the discussion by simply modifying the page. Our Themes and Priorities need to be aligned with the global and DSDP Requirements. As soon as a feature description is sufficiently clear and there is some group supporting a feature, Bugzilla entries should be used for tracking requests.

An initial plan was discussed in the Committer Phone Meeting on 22-May-2007.

Target Management Ganymede will be released with Eclipse Ganymede - presumably end of June 2008.

TM 2.0.1 Planning

  • TM 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 to be aligned with Europa Simultaneous Release Service Releases in autumn and spring 08 respectively
    • TM 2.0.1 might be released 2 or 3 weeks before Europa SR1
    • No major feature additions; focus on unit tests, ISV Docs
      • Probably adding RSE Terminal integration
  • Work on unittests, isv docs over the summer can also be done in HEAD, forking off the mainline in autumn
    • if we have any large things for 3.0 and want to start before 2.0.1 might do that in a branch; but having the branch this or that way is not a big deal

TM Ganymede Planning (tentatively TM 3.0)

  • Should it be TM 2.1 or TM 3.0?
    • We'd probably need 3.0 for further UI/Non-UI, API Polish, finalizing terminal API
    • Doing 2.1 might be possible but harder than going for 3.0 right away; Finishing the UI/Non-UI refactoring is essential to complete for the next release
    • We think we'll better be going for 3.0 since not entirely happy with APIs yet. Though we'd strive to keep API changes small.
  • Theme: Scaling Down
    • Further improve UI/Non-UI splitting, supporting
      • (a) RSE as an EFS provider without having to start up
      • (b) Remote file export in headless applications
    • Improve usage of the extension registry:
      • (a) Avoid plugin startup where not necessary - improve initial startup performance
      • (b) Make plugin registration dynamic, allowing dynamic reconfiguration (registry trackers etc: might be a requirement for the future provisioning story)
    • Improve Componentization:
      • (a) Support RCP, allowing the use of RSE even if Resources do not exist
      • (b) Provide a shortcut to RSE Services layer without Subsystems - probably via OSGi Services; might help EFS provider
    • Potentially move to Platform + 0 level --> move CDT Launcher to CDT Project


  • Theme: Be a Better Framework
    • Improve Quality, Maintainability, strive for small and efficient implementations
      • Collaborate with DSDP-DD and Platform/Debug for a cleaned-up SystemView soltuion
    • Increase the flexibility of the host/subsystem/service combination after connection creation
      • Improved more flexible wizards; allow adding and removing services as needed; Inheritable Properties for configuring subsystems
    • Make use of the Platform Command/Handler framework, including parameterized handlers, to all user-defined keyboard shortcuts, extender modifiable UI and macro recording (eventually)
    • Provide a generic filtering framework (through OQL)
    • Re-think RSE SystemMessages: Do we need XML when we have Eclipse NLS / Java MessageFormat?
      • E.g. DStore_Service_Percent_Complete_Message -- multiple transformations for substitution


  • Theme: Integrate other remote access solutions (strong should have):
    • Integrate Platform/Team WebDAV provider, and/or Google SoC WebDAV provider (through Apache)
    • Integrate Platform/Team synchronization framework (for minimal data transfer on sync or import/export)
    • Bridge to any registerred EFS provider, making RSE an EFS Browser
    • Bridge to ECF fileshare providers and probably other services exposed through ECF
    • Collaborate with Wicked Shell, integrating features from it
    • Collaborate with JArchive, providing support for more archive formats (through RSE extension point)


  • Theme: Add unique new features
    • Contribute Broadcom Launch Actions, improve Launching as defined by the Launching group
      • Currently being discussed with Robert Norton on the dsd-tm-dev list
      • ILaunchAction may also be used for board lab hooks
    • Add hooks for Remote Lab Manager support
      • reserve / unreserve target boards, discover target boards, vague target descriptions
      • Implementation might be facilitated by ILaunchAction hooks
    • Improve the connection data model, being a store for IP-Xact data about hardware
    • Contribute features from existing IBM implementations (need legal review):
      • User actions (probably replace by Command framework)
      • "External Tools" remote implementation (very interesting!) - potentially consolidate into single User Actions framework
      • Remote Java Debug
      • Remote Jar Export
      • Export to multiple targets;


  • Theme: Multicore / Multisystem support
    • Support target groups as defined by the Connection Groups initiative
    • Filters on 1st level of System View (164807)
    • View for working with multiple shells concurrently exists
    • Right now we have grouping by profiles
    • Cluster definitions should be something different (being stored inside a profile)
    • Requirements currently unclear; instead of hacking up something wrong, better have no solution
    • PTP might come up with requirements


Other ideas carried forward

  • (Interest: IBM,WR) Improve Shell Pattern Matching on the client
    • Allow user-defined patterns (153274)
    • Provide an extension point for patterns but not let the user edit them
    • Server-side patterns vs. client-side patterns, want to have them consistent
      • Server-side file can be modified by the users, located in dstore daemon
      • Client-side patterns buried inside the jarfile --> copy it out of JAR into preferences on first start, allow users to modify through Preferences


Archive of previous plans

Planned Items for TM 2.0

See the official TM 2.0 Project Plan for details on target environment and timing.

See bugzilla plan items for latest status of items.