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Project Plan For Model Development Tools (MDT), version 0.7.0


This document lays out the feature and API set for the first release of the Eclipse Business Process Model and Notation (MDT BPMN2) Project, version 0.7.0. This project plan inherits from the Modeling Project Plan, which should be referenced when consulting this individual project plan.

Note that, because the BPMNTM 2.0 specification may not have been finalized by June 2010, APIs provided as part of the 0.7.0 release of MDT BPMN2 are to be considered provisional.

Release Deliverables

The release deliverables have the same form as is found in most Eclipse projects, namely:
  • MDT BPMN2 source code release, available as versions tagged "R0_7" in the project's CVS repository
  • MDT BPMN2 SDK (includes runtime, sources, examples, and documentation) (downloadable and update site)
  • MDT BPMN2 runtime binary distribution (downloadable and update site)
  • MDT BPMN2 stand-alone binary distribution (downloadable)
  • MDT BPMN2 tests (downloadable)

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Release Milestones

Release milestone occurring at roughly 6 week intervals and follow the Platform milestone releases by approximately 1 week; that is, until the final 3.6 release of the Platform, upon which MDT BPMN2 and other projects will release simultaneously. As MDT BPMN2 may become a dependency of numerous other projects, MDT BPMN2 will deliver its milestones within one week of the Eclipse Platform. It is anticipated that MDT BPMN2 will synchronize its milestones with the Helios milestone schedule.
API Freeze
Feature Freeze
As MDT BPMN2 is a new subproject of MDT, it will not produce maintenance releases to align with the Galileo SR releases.

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Target Environments

In order to remain current, each Eclipse release targets reasonably current versions of the underlying operating environments. The Eclipse Business Process Model and Notation (MDT BPMN2) project depends upon on the Platform and other projects, which are mostly "pure" JavaTM. The 3.6 release of the Eclipse Platform Project is written and compiled against version 1.4 of the Java Platform APIs, and targeted to run on version 1.4 of the Java Runtime Environment, Standard Edition. MDT BPMN2 will target the same Java version as EMF and UML2, which currently require Java 5. Eclipse Platform SDK 3.6 will be tested and validated on a number of reference platforms. MDT BPMN2 will be tested and validated against a subset of those listed for the platform.


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 MDT BPMN2 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.

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Compatibility with Previous Releases

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Themes and Priorities

A list of project requirements and agreed upon implementation time frames is found in this document. For the milestones listed in this document, a set of overall themes is used to indicate what major set of functionalities is to be concentrated on for each. These themes are presented below, while the requirements document and associated Bugzilla entries are left to those wanting more detailed information on each.


As an implementation of the OMGTM's BPMN 2.0 specification, the MDT BPMN2 project will maintain currency with the adopted and finalized specifications, as they become available.

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Appendix Legal Notices

  • Java is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • BPMN and OMG are trademarks of the Object Management GroupTM, Inc.
  • All other products or company names are mentioned for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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