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Eclipse Scout DocuWare (Photon Release)

This page provides the required docuware for the Scout 8.0 Release Review as part of the upcoming Photon Simultaneous Release according to the Eclipse process documentation.

Communication Channels:

Release Review Dates and Links

Declaration of Intent

Participant was announced on cross project list on August 15th 2017.

Additional Links


Eclipse Scout is a mature and open framework for modern, service oriented business applications.

  • Scout HTML5 client applications may run on the desktop, on tablets and on mobile phones without any changes in the source code
  • Scout substantially boosts developer productivity and is simple to learn.
  • User friendly applications are straight forward to implement with Scout’s comprehensive set of user interface components.
  • Completely based on Java, JavaScript, HTML and CSS Scout Applications are easy to integrate in most IT environments.

Features and Roadmap


The new features are described in the Scout Release Notes.

Non-Code Aspects

Scout Documentation/Tutorials etc. is written with Asciidoctor and hosted on Github.

The progress of the Scout book may be monitored in the following output directory

Status per communication channel

  • Forum: OK
  • Wiki: OK
  • Webpage: OK
  • Mailing list: OK for important info to all committers


We certify that the public Scout APIs in this release are production quality. As a significant amount of commercial customer applications are based on these APIs we evaluate/communicate changes accordingly.

Compatibility with Previous Releases

Scout 8.0 ist not compatible with Scout 7.0 without migration.

We try to make migration to new releases as easy as possible, however to keep our code clean and simple we need to change the API in new releases. There are no more API changes after milestone M6. API Compatibility rules are described in the contribution guidelines in more detail.

To migrate from 7.0 to 8.0 please follow the instructions in the Migration Guide.



With Scout release 8.0 the Java 7 support reaches end-of-life.

Ramp down Policy

We use daily builds. No API changes after M6, no new features after M7. In the RC phase only bugs marked P2 or higher or severity major or higher will be fixed.

Target Environment


All of Eclipse Scout is "pure" Java code and has no direct dependence on the underlying operating system. The chief dependence is therefore on the Java Runtime (JRE) itself.

The Scout 8.0 runtime no longer supports Java 7 and requires a Java 8 runtime (See: Bugzilla, Forum).

The Eclipse Scout SDK package already only runs with Java >=8 since the Neon release.

Java Version Support for Scout Runtime/SDK
8 recommended
9 supported for Scout SDK only!
10 supported for Scout SDK only!

Eclipse Platform

For Scout 8.0 we recommend developing Scout with Eclipse Photon (4.8).

The following Eclipse platforms are supported:

Eclipse Version Scout SDK
Oxygen (4.7) supported
Photon (4.8) recommended

Browser Versions

The supported browsers are listed in the Scout documentation.

Tested Platforms

We focus our testing on a handful of popular combinations (OS, HW Arch, Java VM, Eclipse platform); these are our reference platforms.

Scout undoubtedly runs fine in many operating environments beyond the reference platforms we test. However, since we do not systematically test them we cannot vouch for them. Problems encountered when running Scout on a non-reference platform that cannot be recreated on any reference platform will be given lower priority than problems with running Scout on a reference platform.

Scout 8.0 will be tested and validated on the following reference platforms:

Operating System OS Version Hardware Java VM (vendor, version, arch) Eclipse Platform (version, arch)
Windows 7 x86 64-bit
Oracle JDK 8, 64-bit 4.8, 64-bit, EPP
Oracle JDK 8, 64-bit 4.8, 64-bit, EPP
10 Oracle JDK 8, 64-bit 4.8, 64-bit, EPP
Ubuntu Linux 18.04 OpenJDK 8, 64-bit 4.8, 64-bit, EPP
Apple Mac OS 10.13 Oracle JDK 8, 64-bit 4.8, 64-bit, EPP

Eclipse Scout is no longer explicitly tested on 32bit architectures.

Build Process

Scout is built on Jenkins @ Eclipse.

Scout is using maven and tycho for building.

  • Gerrit Jobs run build against lowest target platform with runtime unit tests
  • Nightly Jobs run against all platforms with all unit tests
  • Release Jobs can be parameterized for a specific tag and deploy to a specific updatesite
  • Some tests currently still run only at BSI's infrastructure: Scout GUI tests using java.awt.Robot, because they need a fully-fledged desktop environment.

Scout Maven Artifacts uploaded to and maven central.

Current Project Metrics

According to the Eclipse project dashboard Scout belongs to the most active repositories hosted at Eclipse.

Latest project metrics for Eclipse Scout are provided on openHub.

IP Log

The state of the IP log is tracked with CQ 16671. Scout's IP Log for Scout has been generated according to the Eclipse Project Handbook and can be found here.

The Scout IP Log has been approved on 208-06-12. The component leadership verifies that:

  • The about files and use licenses are in place as per the Guidelines to Legal Documentation.
  • All contributions (code, documentation, images, etc) have been committed by individuals who are either Members of the Foundation, or have signed the appropriate Committer Agreement. In either case, these are individuals who have signed, and are abiding by, the Eclipse IP Policy.
  • All significant contributions have been reviewed by the Foundation's legal staff.
  • All non-Committer code contributions, including third-party libraries, have been documented in the release and reviewed by the Foundation's legal staff.
  • All Contribution Questionnaires have been completed.

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