Project Plan For Web Services Tools, version Helios

Introduction

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 Web Services 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

Here is a link to the WTP 3.2 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

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Internationalization

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 Web Services 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
    • publish page is persistent [121887] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
  • Proposed
    • No items.
  • Deferred
    • No items.

Extensibility

Improve extensibility of the Web services tools.

  • Committed
    • Open java bean selection widget to configuration by service runtime [291110] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
  • Proposed
    • No items.
  • Deferred
    • No items.

Axis2

Support for Axis2 Web services tools.

  • Committed
    • Axis2: "Run on server" does not bring Axis2 Web app up on Tomcat 6.0 [192005] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
  • Proposed
    • Axis2: Support import of AAR [168937] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Axis2: Support the export of AAR [168938] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Axis2: Support hot deployment and hot update of Axis2 Web service [168939] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Axis2: Support XMLBeans data binding [196954] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Axis2: Support the creation of EJB Web service [241083] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Axis2: Support creating Axis2 Web service client into Java projects [249922] (target milestone: 3.2)
    • Axis2: Better error message with Axis2 scenario without installing Axis2 runtime [184450] (target milestone: 3.2)
  • Deferred
    • No items.

JAXWS

It is proposed that the JAX-WS Tools component will graduate from the WTP Incubator Project in March 2010 and release version 1.0 alongside WTP 3.2.

  • Committed
    • Increase the number of annotations supported in the WTP Web services wizard [261703] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Add support for creating and editing JAXB 2.1 annotations [282935] (target milestone: 3.2 M3)
    • Provide support for creating JAX-WS Handlers [260856] (target milestone: 3.2 M4)
    • Request support for JAX-WS build.xml creation [270133] (target milestone: 3.2 M4)
    • Add support for marker and single member annotations [282927] (target milestone: 3.2 M3)
    • Enhance the JAX-WS Handler configuration and management support [298268] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Add support for multiple CXF installations [283170] (target milestone: 3.2 M5)
    • Contribution of JAX-WS DOM tools [283846] (target milestone: 3.2 M3)
  • Proposed
    • No items.
  • Deferred
    • No items.

Other

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

  • Committed
    • JAX-RS: Implement JAX-RS Facet [291954] (target milestone: 3.2 M6)
    • Use project creation operations to create projects [242615] (target milestone: 3.2 M4)
  • Proposed
    • No items.
  • Deferred
    • No items.

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Appendix References

  1. The general WTP plan can be found here.

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