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WTP Architecture Group - user feedback on proposed expanded downloads [message #205558] Mon, 10 December 2007 16:10
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The WTP Architecture Working Group is investigating making parts of
WTP independently downloadable in much the same way the Eclipse
Project makes SWT and the Jar Processor from org.eclipse.update.core
available separately. When WTP was first divided into components,
the Common component (incidentally now the Common subproject) was
set up to house plug-ins that were required by WTP but which didn't
themselves depend on WTP The thinking at the time was that these
plug-ins could eventually be pushed down into the Eclipse Project,
but as the releases have gone by that looks more and more unlikely.
At the same time, there has been interest expressed about some
parts of WTP being supplied as separate downloads. Rather than give
our release engineering team a large amount of work to do that might
ultimately prove unneeded, we'd like to propose a pilot program of
three downloads:

1) Faceted Project Framework - The Faceted Project Framework allows
the plug-in developer to think of projects as composed of units of
functionality (facets) which can be added and removed by the user.
It contains mechanisms for modeling and resolving constraints
between facets as well as a generalized UI for end users. It
requires Java5 and Draw2D (from GEF).

2) Snippets view - The Snippets view allows dragging and dropping of
snippets of text into text editors. Users can create snippets with
variables to be filled in when dropped into editors while plug-ins
are free to do almost anything they want when their snippets are
dropped--in addition to inserting text, importing of examples,
creating other resources, even launching their own wizards or
driving other UI interactions. User created snippets can also be
imported and exported to be shared by a team. Requires GEF.

3) JSDT - The JavaScript Development Tools, already available in WTP
3.0 builds, provides a full JavaScript IDE. While it also
integrates with the HTML and JSP editors in WTP, a separate download
would contain only the JavaScript functionality.

Of course, what we really need is your feedback. We want to hear if
this idea and these downloads are of interest to our adopters and
our users, both from those in favor of them and those not, and those
that have other ideas for us. Note that the External component Use
( page focuses
more on larger architectural points whereas this is strictly about
consumable downloads for parts of WTP that are architecturally ready
to go.

Although I monitor the newsgroup, the discussion is really meant to
be at wnloads&action=edit

Nitin Dahyabhai
Eclipse WTP Source Editing
IBM Rational

Nitin Dahyabhai
Eclipse Web Tools Platform
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