This document lays out the feature and API set for the seventh release of the Eclipse Graphical Modeling Framework Runtime (GMF Runtime) Project, version 1.5.0. This project plan inherits from the Modeling Project Plan, which should be referenced when consulting this individual project plan.
The release deliverables have the same form as is found in most Eclipse projects, namely:
Release milestones occur at roughly 6 week intervals and follow the Platform milestone releases by approximately 1 week; that is, until the final 4.2 release of the Platform, upon which GMF Runtime and other projects will release simultaneously. It is anticipated that GMF Runtime will synchronize its release milestones with the Juno release schedule for +3 components.
GMF Runtime will produce maintenance releases to align with the Juno SR releases, that includes the Eclipse Platform 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 releases. GMF Runtime may produce interim maintenance releases in addition to these in order to satisfy clients requests.
In order to remain current, each Eclipse release targets reasonably current versions of the underlying operating environments.
The Eclipse GMF Runtime project depends upon on the Platform and other projects, which are mostly "pure" Java. The 4.2 release of the Eclipse Platform Project is written and compiled against version 1.5 of the Java Platform APIs, and targeted to run on version 1.5 of the Java Runtime Environment, Standard Edition. GMF Runtime will target the same Java version as EMF, which currently requires Java 1.5.
Eclipse Platform SDK 4.2 will be tested and validated on a number of reference platforms. GMF Runtime will be tested and validated against a subset of those listed for the platform. Those available will be presented on the project download site.
The Eclipse Platform is designed as the basis for internationalized products. The user interface elements provided by the Eclipse SDK components, including dialogs and error messages, are externalized. The English strings are provided as the default resource bundles. As a result, the GMF Runtime project will provide English strings in its default bundles and be localized to a subset of those locales offered by the Platform. This plan will be updated to indicate which locales will be provided and the time frame for availability.
Compatibility of Release 1.6
The GMF Runtime Project will be developed in parallel, and released simultaneously, with the following projects. As stated above, each milestone release of the GMF Runtime Project will be compatible with the corresponding milestones for each of these projects, and delivered the appropriate offset.
Therefore, the GMF Runtime initial release will be compatible with these versions and will publish binary and source compatibilities with migration guides on subsequent releases.
The project has identified major areas of work, that will be the priorities for this development cycle. These areas will address the major themes identified by the Eclipse Requirements Council ( Eclipse Themes and Priorities).
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