Project Plan For WTP Common Tools, version Helios


The Web Tool Platform (WTP) project provides extensible frameworks and exemplary tools to build Web and Java EE applications. The WTP Common Tools subproject includes the following features

  1. Faceted Project Framework
  2. Validation Framework
This document describes the features and the API set in the WTP Common Tools subproject for the Galileo release.

Release Deliverables

  • WTP non-SDK package
  • WTP SDK Package
  • WST non-SDK package
  • WST SDK Package
  • The Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers package

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Release Milestones

WTP Milestones.

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Target Environments

WTP will support the platforms certified by the Eclipse Platform project. For a list of platforms supported in WTP 3.2, see Eclipse Target Operating Environments



Internationalization and Localization will be supported.

  • Internationalization (I18N)

    Each project should be able to work in an international environment, including support for operating in different locales and processing/displaying international data (dates, strings, etc.).

  • Localization

    Each project should provide an environment that supports the localization of the technology (i.e. translation). This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that strings are externalized for easy translation.

  • Where possible, projects should use an open and transparent process to create, maintain and deliver language packs translated into multiple languages in a timely manner. The primary languages to consider are: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish.

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Compatibility with Previous Releases

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Themes and Priorities

Themes and their priorities communicate the main objectives of the project and their importance. These will be prioritized based on the community feedback. New themes could be synthesized from the requirements submitted by the community.

The sections to follow defines the plan items in the WTP Common Tools project. The plan items are grouped under the respective themes where applicable. Each plan item corresponds to a new feature, API or some apsects of the project that needs to be improved. A plan item has an entry in the Eclipse Bugzilla system that has a detailed description of the plan item. Not all plan items represent the same amount of work; some may be quite large, others, quite small. Although some plan items are for work that is more pressing than others, the plan items appear in no particular order. See the corresponding bugzilla items for up-to-date status information on ongoing work and planned delivery milestones.

Ease of Use

Features provided by WTP should be simple to use for users with widely-varying backgrounds and skill sets.

  • WTP User Interface should be consistent and should follow the Eclipse User Experience Guidelines.
  • Usability and Accessibility reviews should be done for the most common task flows. Cheat Sheets should be provided to assist users in performing tasks
  • WTP should provide enhanced user documentation, tutorials, white papers, demonstrations.

  • Committed
    • No items.
  • Proposed
    • No items.
  • Deferred
    • No items.


Following are plan items that are not yet categorized into a theme.

  • Committed
    • Not possible to Enable an arbitrary project as a Faceted Project from UI [295544] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Improve discoverability of facets in WTP wizards [298483] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • [project creation] Should alert the user if they enter a non-existing ear projec name [132203] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Extension point for allowing extension points to interpret reference handles in component.xml [282269] (target milestone: 3.2 M3)
    • Java Facet should utilize Execution Environment when updating Java Build Path [298712] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Support Java 7 in Java facet and Standard JRE runtime component [298904] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Change Java Facet id from "" to "java" [298905] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Change Java Facet version for 5.0/6.0 to 1.5/1.6 [298906] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Aliasing system is needed for facet id and facet version [298974] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Expose convert to faceted form action from configure menu [300182] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
  • Proposed
    • Data models of contributed wizard pages are not loaded if the wizard is finished on the first page [216924] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Deprecate the old validation framework [288953] (target milestone: 3.2)
  • Deferred
    • No items.

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Appendix References

  1. The general WTP plan can be found here.

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