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Project Plan For Model Development Tools (MDT) [Papyrus], version Indigo


This document lays out the feature and API set for the incoming release of the Eclipse Papyrus (MDT Papyrus) Project, version 0.8.0 This project plan inherits from the Modeling Project Plan, which should be referenced when consulting this individual project plan. In addition to the detailled items listed below, the papyrus team will ensure the maintenance of its existing plug-ins.

Release Deliverables

The release deliverables have the same form as is found in most Eclipse projects, namely:
  • MDT Papyrus source code release, available as versions tagged "R0_8" in the project's SVN repository.
  • MDT Papyrus SDK (includes runtime, sources, examples, and documentation) (downloadable and update site).
  • MDT Papyrus runtime binary distribution (downloadable and update site).
  • MDT Papyrus stand-alone binary distribution (downloadable).
  • MDT Papyrus tests (downloadable)
  • MDT Papyrus examples (downloadable)

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Release Milestones

Release milestones occurring at roughly 6 week intervals and follow the Platform milestone releases by approximately 1 week; that is, until the final 3.7 release of the Platform, upon which MDT Papyrus and other projects will release simultaneously. It is anticipated that MDT Papyrus will synchronize its milestones with the Indigo milestone schedule.
API freeze
Feature Freeze
MDT Papyrus may produce interim maintenance releases in addition to these in order to satisfy client requests.

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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 Papyrus project depends upon on the Platform and other projects, which are mostly "pure" Java. The 3.7 release of the Eclipse Platform Project is written and compiled against version 5.0 of the Java Platform APIs, and targeted to run on version 5.0 of the Java Runtime Environment, Standard Edition. MDT Papyrus will target the same Java version as EMF and UML2, which currently require Java 5. Eclipse Platform SDK 3.7 will be tested and validated on a number of reference platforms. MDT Papyrus 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 Papyrus 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

The MDT Papyrus 0.8.0 project will be developed in parallel, and released simultaneously, with the following projects. As stated above, each milestone release of the MDT Papyrus 0.8.0 project will be compatible with the corresponding milestones for each of these projects, and delivered the appropriate offset.
  • Eclipse Platform SDK version 3.7
  • Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) version 2.6
  • Model Development Tools (MDT) UML2 version 3.1
  • Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF) version 2.3

As described above, the MDT Papyrus 0.8.0 release is not backwards compatible with the Papyrus and TopCASED-UML project.

A transformation aimed to help users to migrate from TopCASED-UML/SysML towards MDT Papyrus will be provided early 2011. For migrating from Papyrus 1.x to MDT Papyrus, a partail transformation will be provided to support class and comosite diagrams migration. In addition, papyrus will enable to create automatically diagrams from ane xisting UMl models. This tool may be used as for example for migrating from the UML2 Tool

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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.


This theme addresses issues related the diagram editors of Papyrus. It concerns more precisely all generic features related any kind of Papyrus diagram editor. For the UML2, it concerns following diagram edtiors: [Class diagram], [Package diagram], [Composite structure diagram], [Component diagram], [Profile diagram], [Use case diagram], [State machine diagram], [Protocol state machine diagram], [Activity diagram], [Sequence diagram], [Communications diagram], [Interactions overview Diagram], [Timing diagram]. For the SysML, it concerns following specific diagram editors: [Activity diagram], [Block definition diagram], [Internal block diagram], [Package diagram], [Parametric diagram], [Requirements diagram], [Sequence diagram], and [State machine diagram].


This theme addresses the need for extensiblity improvements of the MDT Papyrus implementation and APIs. It concerns more precisely all features related to following concerns: [Backbone] and [Metatooling].


This theme addresses the need for scalability and performance improvements of the MDT Papyrus implementation and APIs.


This theme addresses the need for usability improvements of the MDT Papyrus implementation and APIs. It concerns more precisely all features related to following concerns: [Palette], [Property View], [Model Explorer], [Sash Editor], and [Team Working].


This theme addresses the need for documentation of the MDT Papyrus implementation and APIs. It concerns more precisely all features related to following concerns: [Documentation - User], and [Documentation - Developer].


This theme addresses all tasks that may not be included in one of the previous theme.

Eclipse 4.1

Current status: no support, no testing on 4.1

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Appendix Legal Notices

  • Java is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • UML, SysML and OMG are trademarks or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, 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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