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Project Plan For Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) [Transaction], version 1.6.0


This document lays out the feature and API set for the seventh release of the EMF Model Transaction (EMF Transaction) Project, version 1.6.0. This project plan inherits from the Modeling Project Plan, which should be referenced when consulting this individual project plan.

The intent for this release is to drive development by community contributions. No new features are planned by the project committers, but patches from the community will be processed as efficiently as possible.

Release Deliverables

The release deliverables have the same form as is found in most Eclipse projects, namely:
  • EMF Transaction source code release, available as versions tagged "R1_6" in the project's CVS repository.
  • EMF Transaction SDK (includes runtime, sources, examples, and documentation) (downloadable and update site).
  • EMF Transaction runtime binary distribution (downloadable and update site).
  • EMF Transaction 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 4.2 release of the Platform, upon which EMF Transaction and other projects will release simultaneously. It is anticipated that EMF Transaction will synchronize its milestones with the Juno milestone schedule.

API freeze

Feature Freeze
EMF Transaction will produce maintenance releases to align with the Juno SR releases, that includes the Eclipse Platform 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 releases. EMF Transaction may produce interim maintenance releases in addition to these in order to satisfy clients requests. Maintenance releases will only be published if they have any new fixes to offer.
  • Friday, September 24, 2012 (last Friday of September) - EMF Transaction 1.6.1 maintenance release (if necessary)
  • Friday, February 25, 2013 (last Friday of February) - EMF Transaction 1.6.2 maintenance release (if necessary)
  • A list of issues indicated for the 1.6.x maintenance stream can be found in bugzilla, or by using links on maintenance stream build pages.

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Target Environments

In order to remain current, each Eclipse release targets reasonably current versions of the underlying operating environments. The EMF Transaction project depends upon on the Platform and other projects, which are mostly "pure" JavaTM. 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. EMF Transaction will target the same Java version as EMF Core, which currently requires Java 5. Eclipse Platform SDK 4.2 will be tested and validated on a number of reference platforms. EMF Transaction 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 EMF Transaction 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

Compatibility of Release 1.6: The EMF Transaction project will be developed in parallel, and released simultaneously, with the following projects. As stated above, each milestone release of the EMF Transaction project will be compatible with the corresponding milestones for each of these projects, and delivered the appropriate offset.
  • Eclipse Platform SDK version 4.2
  • Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) version 2.8
  • Eclipse MDT OCL version 3.2
  • Eclipse MDT UML2 version 4.0
  • Eclipse EMF Query version 1.6
  • Eclipse EMF Validation version 1.6
Therefore, the EMF Transaction initial release will be compatible with these versions and will publish binary and source compatibilities with migration guides on subsequent 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.

Eclipse 3.8

No support, no testing on 3.8

Community Responsiveness

The EMF Transaction project remains committed to accepting contributions of new features from the community at large. Bugzilla items with patches are encouraged, but other items may be considered at the committers' discretion, according to their availability. No committer-driven content is planned.

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Appendix A: Legal Notices

  • Java is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, 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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