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As required by the Eclipse Development Process, this document describes the 2010 Eclipse Roadmap.
There are three main sections to this document:
The Roadmap is intended to be a living document which will see future iterations. This document is the fifth version of the Eclipse Roadmap, and is labeled as version 5.0. In order to preserve this document while the underlying information evolves, the pages have been frozen by copying them from their original project hosted locations.
The goal of the Roadmap is to provide the Eclipse ecosystem with guidance and visibility on the future directions of the Eclipse open source community. An important element in this visibility is that the Roadmap help the EMO and the Board of Directors in determining which projects will be accepted by Eclipse during the life of this revision of the Roadmap. In other words, new projects must be consistent with the Roadmap. This does not mean that every new project must be explicitly envisaged by the Roadmap. It does mean that new projects cannot be inconsistent with the stated directions of Eclipse. In particular, Eclipse expects that incubator projects created in the Technology PMC will cover areas not explicitly described in the Roadmap.
New in the version 5.0 iteration of the Road Map is a focus on projects that are part of the next planned release train code named "Helios" with a release date of June 2010. For example, project plan listings are plans for Helios from the projects that are part of that release train.
As defined on our website, the role of the Foundation is:
Eclipse is an open source community, whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.
As defined in our Bylaws the Purposes of the Eclipse Foundation are:The Eclipse technology is a vendor-neutral, open development platform supplying frameworks and exemplary, extensible tools (the "Eclipse Platform"). Eclipse Platform tools are exemplary in that they verify the utility of the Eclipse frameworks, illustrate the appropriate use of those frameworks, and support the development and maintenance of the Eclipse Platform itself; Eclipse Platform tools are extensible in that their functionality is accessible via documented programmatic interfaces. The purpose of Eclipse Foundation Inc., (the "Eclipse Foundation"), is to advance the creation, evolution, promotion, and support of the Eclipse Platform and to cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products, capabilities, and services.
The following are the strategic goals of the Eclipse Foundation.
The goal of the Roadmap is to provide the Eclipse ecosystem with guidance and visibility on the future directions of the Eclipse open source community, and to involve the Eclipse membership in a dialog about those future directions. In that vein, this section discusses our current vision of the future as a set of future projects that expand the value of the ecosystem for all of its members.
The Themes and Priorities document prepared by the Requirements Council describes a number of requirements and focus areas for the existing Eclipse projects.
In addition to the Themes and Priorities requirements on existing projects in Helios, we envision future growth in Eclipse projects in the following major areas. These are areas in which we envision starting new projects in 2010-2011, not areas in which we envision having completed Eclipse-quality standards-based frameworks and tooling.
2010 will see the first major release of the Eclipse Platform since 2004. The major goals of this new release include:
Projects such as Amazons AWS tooling build on the Eclipse Platform give instant credibility to Eclipse as a important piece of the strategy for cloud tool providers. Eclipse has a role to play in the entire development lifecycle from development, deployment to testing and QA. In addition to tools, OSGi and Equinox will play an important role in the cloud. The ability to maintain configurations and deployments in large scale applications will be essential to scaling the cloud.
EclipseRT will continue to grow and evolve. The recent Gemini and Virgo projects at Eclipse demonstrate the community is starting to associate Eclipse as a great place to do runtimes. The key uniter of the various runtime technologies at Eclipse continues to be OSGi as the kernel, but it is plausible for some other complementary technology to become an Eclipse project.
The process of creating the Eclipse Roadmap is described in the Eclipse Development Process. The key pieces are:
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