Project Plan For WTP EJB Tools, version Helios


The Web Tool Platform (WTP) project provides extensible frameworks and exemplary tools to build Web and Java EE applications. This document describes the features and the API set in the EJB 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 EJB 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
    • Create Default Session Bean option [119311] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Add keyboard mnemonics to EJB Bean wizards [300465] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Add keyboard mnemonics to XDoclet EJB Bean wizards [300466] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Add keyboard mnemonics to the EJB Facet page [300876] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
  • Proposed
    • Promote business methods automatically to interfaces [237050] (target milestone: 3.2)
  • Deferred
    • No items.

Java EE 6

WTP should be up-to-date with supporting the latest Java EE specification level. JSR-316 defines the latest Java EE 6 specification. The EJB Tools project should support the corresponding EJB specification respectively. JSR-318 defines the EJB 3.1 specification as part of the Java EE 6 specification.

  • Committed
    • Optional local business interfaces for EJB 3.1 beans [241667] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Singleton session beans [241668] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
  • Proposed
    • EJB 3.1 specification support [241666] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • .war packaging of EJB components [241670] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • EJB Timer wizard [299086] (target milestone: 3.2)
  • Deferred
    • Define facet and facet version for EJB lite support [272016] (target milestone: Future)


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

  • Committed
    • No items.
  • Proposed
    • Javadoc plugin for ejbtools plugins [232133] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Add EJB metadata to DD automatically [236621] (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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