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Web Tools Platform Project 2.0 Plan

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Eclipse Web Tools Platform Project 2.0 Plan

Last revised 01:58, 3 April 2007 (EDT). Previous draft archived at Web Tools Platform 2.0 Plan

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This document lays out the feature and API set for the next release of The Eclipse Web Tools Platform Project, to be released as part of the Eclipse Europa Release in June 2007, and called "WTP 2.0", for short.

The first part of the plan deals with the important matters of release deliverables, release milestones, target operating environments, and release-to-release compatibility. These are all things that need to be clear for any release, even if no features were to change.

The remainder of the plan consists of plan items for the subprojects under the Eclipse Web Tools top-level project. Each plan item covers a feature or API that is to be added to Web Tools, or some aspect of Web Tools that is to be improved. Each plan item will have its own entry in the Eclipse bugzilla database, with a title and a concise summary (usually a single paragraph) that explains the work item at a suitably high enough level so that everyone can readily understand what the work item is without having to understand the nitty-gritty detail.

The current status of each plan item is noted:

  • Committed plan item - A committed plan item is one that we have decided to address for the release.
  • Proposed plan item - A proposed plan item is one that we are considering addressing for the release. Although we are actively investigating it, we are not yet in a position to commit to it, or to say that we won't be able to address it. After due consideration, a proposal will either be committed or deferred.
  • Deferred plan item - A reasonable proposal that will not make it in to this release for some reason is marked as deferred with a brief note as to why it was deferred. Deferred plan items may resurface as committed plan items at a later point.
  • Help Wanted plan item - Typically something that started off as a Medium or Low priority, but marked "help wanted" as an acknowledgement that there are no core resources to implement the item, but if a company or person from the community wants to contribute it, then the core teams would be more willing than usual to consider any high quality patches or contributions made via bugzillas.

Release deliverables

The release deliverables have the same form as previous releases, namely:

  • Source code release for Eclipse WTP Project, available as versions tagged "R2_0_0" in the Eclipse WTP Project CVS repository
  • Eclipse WTP runtime binary and SDK download with all Eclipse pre-reqs (downloadable).
  • Eclipse WTP runtime binary and SDK download (downloadable).

In addition, the Eclipse WTP runtime binary and SDK will be available as part of the "Europa" update site as well as our own Web Tools Platform update site.

Release milestones and release candidates

Release milestones will occur at roughly 6 week intervals in synchronization with the Eclipse Platform milestone releases (starting with M1) and will be compatible with Eclipse 3.3 builds. See Europa Simultaneous Release for the complete Europa schedule. The following are the approximate dates for WTP milestones. The approximate 1.5.x maintenance release dates are given too. The exact dates will be updated as the times grow nearer.

Friday, Sep 1, 2006
Theme: run on Eclipse 3.3 stream
September 29, 2006
Friday Oct 6, 2006
Theme: run on Eclipse 3.3 stream
October 31, 2006
Friday Nov 17, 2006
Theme: Cleanup warnings, JUnits, Analyze Adopter Usage Reports
Friday Jan 4, 2006
Theme Propose/implement APIs/Features
Friday February 16, 2007
Friday Feb 23, 2007 (EclipseCon is 3/5)
Theme: provide good base for EclipseCon demos! :)
Most Function and API complete (e.g. 80%)
Friday Apr 6, 2007
Theme: Function complete. API Freeze
Friday May 18, 2007
Theme: from M6 to RC1 will be polish, bug fixes, documentation
other RCs
(June 22, latest final build)
June 29, 2007

Target Operating Environments

The Eclipse WTP Project is mainly tested and validated on Windows platforms, it should run on all platforms validated by the Eclipse Platform project:

Eclipse Target Operating Environments

Java version

The 2.0 release of the Eclipse WTP Project is written and compiled against an appropriate version of Java as specified by the Execution Environment of each plugin. In general, Java 5 of the Java Platform (Java SE 5.0) will be needed to use WTP as a whole, but, the Execution Environment will be specified for each plugin, starting at J2SE 1.4, which is the current requirement, and then only moved up to Java SE 5 when some change made that requires it. WTP adopters should expect that full functionality will require running on a Java SE 5. Servers integrated into Eclipse WTP deliverables will be tested and validated on the same platforms listed above. Tests for other platforms will be relying on the community support.

Dependencies on other Eclipse Projects

  • Eclipse Platform (Platform, JDT, PDE) 3.3
  • Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF, XSD InfoSet, SDO) 2.3
  • Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) 3.3
  • Data Tools Platform (DTP) 1.5


The Eclipse WTP Project is designed as the basis for internationalized products. The user interface elements provided by the Eclipse SDK components, including dialogs and error messages, are externalized. The English strings are provided as the default resource bundles. Other language support, if any, will rely on the community support.

Compatibility with Other WTP Releases

Workspace Compatibility:

  • WTP 2.0 should be able to open workspaces created or used with WTP 1.5. That is, there may be some views or preferences that are not preserved, but there should be no outright failures to open and use the workspace.

Project Compatibility:

  • WTP 2.0 should be usable in a team environment where some team members use WTP 1.5 and team members share projects through a source code control system such as CVS or Subversions. Specifically, A WTP 1.5 user should be able to create a project, check it in to the repository. A WTP 2.0 user should be able to check it out, work on it, and check it back in. A WTP 1.5 should then be able to check it back out and continue to work it on. For examples of how we test this, see WTP Compatibility Tests
  • By default, WTP 1.5 should work on projects created by WTP 2.0 users and shared via a repository. Artifacts created by WTP 2.0 that are consistent with 1.5 features should not break WTP 1.5, and where possible WTP 1.5 should either ignore or tolerate any new artifacts in WTP 2.0 and subsequent releases. Attempts to use (or convert to) new 2.0 functionality that cannot be made backwards compatible with 1.5 must be clearly identified in documentation.

API Compatibility:

  • WTP 2.0 will preserve (public, declared) API compatibility with the 1.5 release, both in terms of syntax and behavior
  • A plug-in that is developed on WTP 1.5 and that uses no non-API methods should run correctly without recompilation on WTP 2.0
  • A plug-in that is developed on WTP 1.5 and that uses no non-API methods should recompile without error on WTP 2.0
  • WTP 2.0 should provide migration notes and adequate notification and lead time to adopters for any API or non-API code that is removed or changed in WTP 2.0
  • WTP 2.0 should continue to provide adopters with the ability to register their code usage reports and to be consulted in any proposed changes to non-API code. WTP will take into account adopter feedback on proposed changes to non-API code, but reserves the right to change non-API notwithstanding that feedback.
  • All of the above statements are subject to the documented WTP Development processes which clarify the procedures and review processes for making changes to API and non-API which is clearly used by adopters, according to registered code scans.

Prerequisite Version Compatibility:

  • Eclipse WTP 2.0 deliverables will be compatible with the Europa Version of Eclipse and WTP pre-reqs. No special attention will give for being compatible with previous Eclipse versions. But, our pre-req version ranges will be accurate. That is, in some places, we have found it necessary to use non-API from the base platform, and therefore will (correctly) defined narrow prerequisite version ranges for those cases.

Eclipse WTP Subprojects

The Eclipse WTP consists of four subprojects. Each subproject is covered in its own section:

Web Standard Tools (WST)

J2EE Standard Tools (JST)

JavaServer Faces Tools (JSF Tools, graduated as a new component in JST

JPA (Dali/JPA], graduated as a new subproject

AJAX Tools Framework], incubating and hence will not be part of the WTP 2.0 release

Major themes

Improve Quality

Focused effort will be made to reduce bug backlog, improving test coverage, performance and performance testing, ISV documentation and examples, usability and UI consistency.

Adopter readiness

  • Extensibility
Provide extension points for adopters to add-in implementation functionality, such as for JEE5 features, publishing support, add to project creation pages, etc.

* productization support [125751]

  • Componentization
improve feature split Subsystem and Features document
  • improve API coverage
convert provisional APIs in a careful, well reviewed way, to minimize adopter breakage

Improved Provisioning of Third Party Content

  • Participate in Orbit project to move our commonly needed third-party content to a common Eclipse repository.
  • Help create remote Update Manager sites hosted by providers of third party content required by WTP to streamline the process of adopting new versions
users should be able to acquire revisions of third party content in a more timely fashion
begin by creating a common site at Apache for components such as Axis2, Woden, Tomcat, Geronimo
  • assist, if needed, to create new site at ObjectWeb for Jonas


  • adopt DITA for Help content
  • work with DITA-OT project at SourceForge to improve integration of build process with PDE

Work Areas

Items listed reflect new features of the Web Tools Platform, or areas where existing features will be significantly reworked. Common goals are listed in the “Common goals” area. Each item indicates the components likely affected by that work item. Many items involve coordinated changes to several components. Numbers in parentheses link to bugzilla problem reports for that plan item.

Common Goals

Architectural harmonization


Committed Items

  • Remove all Data access tools from WTP and instead use the corresponding components from DTP.
We should take a two-phase approach
  • Phase 1 - Achieve functional parity with WTP 1.5, i.e. get back to where we currently are, but using DTP.
  • Phase 2 - Exploit new DTP capabilities. DTP has much broader scope than the WTP 1.5 Data tools, e.g. in connection management, server exploration. We need to do an architectural assessment of current WTP capabilities and adopt superior alternatives available in DTP.
WTP currently has only a small dependency on RDB, which might be migrated to DTP or, perhaps, will be replaced by a more a generic, loose, optional dependency. JPA (Dali), however, will have a stronger dependency on DTP, so, DTP will, in the end, be listed as one of the pre-reqs for WTP as a whole. (But, the goal is, if JPA is not installed then DTP will not be required).

Proposed Items

Deferred Items


Committed Items

Proposed Items

  • Investigate areas of overlap with STP, especially in the areas of Web services, and ensure that existing WTP components can be extended as required by STP.

Deferred Items


Committed Items

  • Improve integration with TPTP in the area of profiling servers, providing a generic extension point to allow TPTP additional support for profiling servers.

Proposed Items

Deferred Items

PHP Tools Project

Committed Items

  • HTTP Server support provided in wst.server so that it doesn't need to be provided by PHP Tools.

Proposed Items

  • Investigate if other generic components currently in the PHP project should be moved in WTP.
  • Need to investigate and support their use of our SSE Incremental DOM parser and A.) not break them :) or B.) provide API.

Deferred Items

Common Component

Committed Items

Proposed Items

Deferred Items

Web Standard Tools subproject

XML Editing

Committed Items

  • QuickFix (for Spelling problems at minimum)
  • Improved formatting, e.g. whitespace handling

Deferred Items

  • Large document performance enhancements
  • Configurable Code folding
  • Migrate to Platform Undo (IOperationHistory)
  • Run in Eclipse RCP
  • Support for EFS
  • WYSIWYG (for DITA, DocBook, etc.)

Web Services Support

Committed Items

Proposed Items

  • Provide extensibility for providers of web service implementations

Deferred Items

  • New WS-I Profiles, e.g. RAMP
  • WS Security
  • WS Policy
  • Axis 2.0
  • SOAP 1.2
  • WSDL 2.0 - adopt Apache Woden 1.0

Java EE Standard Tools

Common JST

Committed Items

  • Publish/export support for classpath entries: Allows the resolved contributions from Java classpath entries (classpath containers, libraries and variables) to be added to the published (or exported) structure of Java EE module projects.

Proposed Items

Deferred Items

Java EE 5

Committed Items

  • Provide extensibility for providers of JEE5 implementations
  • Support for basic JEE5 module and project types
    • Web 2.5
    • Ejb 3.0
    • Ear 5.0
  • Publish JEE5 Projects to compliant runtimes
  • Support for JEE5 namespaces in XML-based deployment descriptors
    • Limited model support

Proposed Items

  • investigate: import a JEE5 project (help wanted)
  • investigate: export JEE5 project (help wanted)

Deferred Items

  • Java EE 5 models - the models must be upgraded to handle Java EE 5 without ANY API breakage. Existing clients MUST continue to work without recompilation. If existing clients are recompiled with the new model, then compilation errors MUST NOT occur (note: we assume that existing clients will not break in any way if they only use the published API - code that relies on internal interfaces MAY break)
  • JSR 175 - support Java EE 5 specifications for annotation based programming, e.g. for EJB 3.0, JPA, Web services
    • JSR 181 - Web Services
    • JSR 220 - EJB 3.0, JPA
  • validate a JEE5 project (help wanted)


Committed Items

  • JSF 1.2

Proposed Items

Deferred Items


Committed Items

  • Improved JSP 2.0 support 124288
    • Use of tag/tagx files (packaged according to JSP-8.4.3 only)
    • Editing and debugging of tag/tagx files
    • Included prelude and coda segments specified from web.xml

Deferred Items

  • File encoding specified from web.xml 104785
  • Support JSP 2.1

Web Services

Committed Items

  • JSR 109 - for Web container
  • support for generic, compliant runtime, e.g. hosted at GlassFish

Proposed Items

Deferred Items

Server Runtime

Committed Items

  • HTTP Server support
  • Preview server
  • BEA server adapters moved to external update site

Proposed Items

Deferred Items

  • JSR 88 Support, Advanced Server Support for one/multiple open source J2EE server
  • Server runtime facet enhancements (link TBD)

Dali JPA Tools

Committed Items

  • WTP (Facet) integration
  • DTP Integration
  • XML Mapping Descriptor editing support (JPA1.0 orm.xml)
  • Annotated Java and ORM XML context based defaulting
  • Enhanced validation

Proposed Items

  • Annotation value code completion
  • DDL Generation extension
  • Entity Generation extension

Deferred Items

  • Project Explorer contribution
  • ORM XML element/attribute value completion
  • Entity Generation enhancements
  • Multiple persistence unit support
  • Persistence.xml Editor

For more information see the 1.0 Milestone Plan.

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