WTP UX Whiteboard
The purpose of this wiki page is to collect and summarize all ideas for User Experience (UX) improvements in WTP.
There is no guarantee that any of the ideas listed here will be implemented in certain WTP release. This wiki page is rather a place for brainstorming and discussion. If during the evolution of an idea there is enough commitment from parties, then the idea could be put in the WTP Requirements Plan.
submit new idea
First of all, you should decide if your ideas qualifies as an UX idea. UX ideas should be more large-scale, introducing new feature to the user, rather than just a small usability bug or enhancement. There is no dividing line that could be drawn between small usability bugs and UX ideas, therefore this qualification is quite subjective.
If you think that you have an UX idea then follow the next instructions. Otherwise, just file a normal bug in Bugzilla and mark it with the usability keyword.
Each UX improvement idea should be described briefly in the UX ideas section on this wiki page with the following structure:
UX idea title Bugzilla: link to the Bugzilla enhancement for this idea Pain point Describe the usability problem from users perspective. Solution Give brief idea how to solve the problem.
For each UX improvement idea there should be a Bugzilla enhancement entry created. In Bugzilla should happen things like:
- detailed description: design documents, screenshots, etc.
- votes and decision whether to put the idea in the WTP Requirement Plan.
In case the idea evolves significantly in Bugzilla, this should be reflected in its brief description on this wiki page.
When submitting the enhancement in Bugzilla there are some special fields that need to be set in the bug:
- Severity must be set to enhancement.
- Target Milestone must be set to Future. Once an UX idea becomes a feature in the requirements plan for a certain release, the Target Milestone should be changed to point to that release.
- URL must point to the corresponding section in this wiki page.
- Whiteboard must include the UX word. This is needed to have this Bugzilla entry indexed in the Bugzilla queries.
- Keywords must include the usability word. There is a general recommendation to mark all usability related bugs with this keyword.
- Add firstname.lastname@example.org in the CC list.
There are already several ideas submitted in the UX ideas section that can be used as examples.
watch for new ideas
If you are interested to know about new UX ideas that people come and describe on the UX Whiteboard, then it is highly recommend to watch this wiki page. You have to just click on the Watch link in the left menu. You will then receive a mail notification for each new revision of this wiki page.
Another way to watch for new UX ideas is to regularly check some of the provided Bugzilla queries.
comment on existing ideas
If you want to comment, discuss or take part in the development of an idea, then you should post a comment with your thoughts in the corresponding Bugzilla entry. Bugzilla is the place where all discussions and decisions about UX ideas happens. Here, on this wiki page, is just the summary and overview of all UX ideas.
If you want to receive future comments on an idea, then make sure you add your e-mail address in the CC fields of the bug.
Here is a collection of some useful Bugzilla queries:
Java EE patterns
- Pain point
J2EE/Java EE programming has already been among us for several years. There are some famous techniques established in this programming domain during this time - the J2EE/Java EE patterns. These patterns are especially useful for inexperienced developers and are guidelines for them to follow. The problem is that WTP has still no wizard and actions to provide for helping and hinting users to take benefit of using patterns.
Provide WTP with wizards and actions for using Java EE patterns like Java EE applications scenarios, EJB patterns, etc.
It would be nice if all patterns are build on top of common framework. Here are some recommended characteristics for such a solution:
- Reusing of existing operations and actions for creating Java EE projects and artifacts.
- Easy composition of atomic Java EE operations and actions.
- Extensibility. Adopters should be able to contribute their own patterns to the framework.
Tools for easy EJB testing
- Pain point
EJB developers have no easy way to test their EJB artifacts. They need to install an EJB-enabled appication server that typically consumes significant resources on their developer's machines. JUnit tests have to be written manually from scratch.
EJB developers would appreciate tools that enables them to easily test developed EJB artifacts. Such tools could be:
- a framework for generating JUnit test stubs out from EJB beans.
- a lightweight EJB container that runs locally and enables developers to test their EJB beans without a need of full-blown Java EE application server.
- an integration between the JUnit generation framework and the lightweight EJB container where the tests would be executed.
Index search for Java EE metadata
- Pain point
Working on huge projects is a common task for many Java EE developers. Sooner or later the developer would fall in a situation where he or she needs to find an exact Java EE artifact by just remembering a portion of the artifact's name or description, but not the its exact location. In such situation the developer should try different methods of searching, including file search, full-text search, etc. It would be much more convenient if the IDE provides a Java EE metadata search.
We are all familiar with the Open Type and Open Resource index searches in the workbench and how useful they are when we try to quickly locate our files and Java classes in the huge projects we are working with. The Java EE perspective should naturally evolve these features to Java EE metadata index search, where developers can search for certain metadata in their Java EE projects.
This new feature should introduce new dialog box that looks similar to the Open Type and Open Resource dialogs. There should be a hotkey combination available that enables users to quickly call the dialog. Typing a portion of the Java EE metadata name or description should filter the available Java EE artifacts and assist the user choice.
Examples for Java EE metadata are:
- EJB beans
- Web servlets
- EJB references
- Security roles
There is a new Eclipse project proposed - EMF Index - that could help with the realization of this idea.
Context-sensitive view with possible high level actions
- Pain point
Developing an end-to-end Java EE scenario involves many steps. It is a common situation for non-experienced Java EE developers to ask themselves: "OK. I have generated the JPA entity for my DB table. Now, what's next?". It is true that the context menus of the editors and Project Navigator contain Java EE-specific actions, but they are somehow lost for the user in the whole bunch of context-menu actions.
The Java EE perspective should provide a special view that guides and hints developers with the possible Java EE-specific steps they could execute. For example: "Generate Session facade for JPA entity".
Here are some of the characteristics that should be required for the view:
- Context-sensitive. Only the actions relevant for the current (on focus) artifacts should be displayed in the view.
- Sections. Available actions should be grouped in sections by relevance criteria, e.g. JPA, JSF, EJB related actions.
- Extensibility. Adopters should be able to contribute their own specific actions and sections to the view.