With the great help of the Project Proposal Shepherds of Eclipse, the
Consortium has kicked off
a new Web Tools Platform Project proposal.
The goal of this proposal is
to apply the Eclipse standards of technical excellence, functional
innovation and overall extensibility to the Web/J2EE
The full proposal
is available online.
Following the Eclipse development process, based on the principles of
openness and frequent review, the community is invited to join the
discussions on the Eclipse Web Tools Platform Project Proposal. During
the 30 calendar day review period, the community is invited to comment
on, critique, contribute to, and join the project. At the end
of the review period (May 27th, 2004), the feedback will be gathered and
presented to the Board of Directors. A positive vote by the Eclipse
Board will officially launch the project.
Web Standard Tools
The Web Standard Tools subproject aims to provide a common infrastructure
to any Eclipse-based development environment, targeting
Web-enabled applications. Within its scope will be tools for the development
of three-tier (presentation, business and data logic), and server
publication of corresponding system artifacts. Outside of its scope will be
server-side Java technology, which will be left to the J2EE Web Tools
Tools provided will include editors, validators and document
generators for artifacts developed in a wide range of standard languages
(for example, HTML/xHMTL, Web services, XQueries, SQL, etc.) Supporting
infrastructure will likely comprise a specialized workbench supporting
actions such as publish, run, and start/stop of Web application code
across target server environments.
By providing an integrated set of capabilities, the Web Standard Tools would
support use cases such as:
- Developing and publishing a static HTML site.
- Deploying an applet on a given http server.
- Developing and publishing a WSDL schema on a UDDI registry.
J2EE Standard Tools
The initial goal of the J2EE Standard Tools subproject will be to
provide a basic Eclipse plug-in for developing applications based on
J2EE 1.4. The subproject will target J2EE-compliant application servers
as well as a generic J2EE tooling infrastructure for other
Eclipse-based development products.
The J2EE Standard Tools will include an integrated workbench that
will provide a framework for developing, deploying, testing and
debugging J2EE applications on standards-compliant server environments.
It will also provide an exemplary implementation for an open source J2EE
Included will be a range of tools for simplifying development with
J2EE APIs, including EJB, Servlet, JSP, JCA, JDBC, JTA, JMS, JMX,
JNDI, and Web Services.
This infrastructure will be architected for extensibility of higher-level
development constructs, providing architectural separations of concern
and technical abstraction above the level of the J2EE specifications
The integrated workbench would support use cases such as:
- Developing a JSP page.
- Enhancing the "PetStore" blueprint application.
- Exposing a Session Bean as a Web Service.
Christophe Ney has submitted a
Web Tools Platform Project Proposal
that has more
details, and includes instructions on getting involved in the project.
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