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Project Plan For SCA Tools, version 2.3.0

Introduction

This document describes the features and the API set for the 2.3.0 release of the SCA Tools project.

Release Deliverables

The release deliverables have the same form as is found in most Eclipse projects:
  • SCA Tools SDK, which includes runtime, sources, examples, and documentation, and is available as a download or on the update site.
  • SCA Tools, binary distribution, available as a download or on the update site.

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Release Milestones

Release milestones occur at roughly 6 week intervals and follow the Platform release milestone by the Indigo-established +3 delta interval. The final SCA Tools 2.3.0 release will available simultaneously with the 3.8 release of the Platform and all the other Indigo projects.
M412/14/2011
M502/01/2012
M603/21/2012
API freeze
M705/09/2012
Feature Freeze
RC105/23/2012
RC205/30/2012
RC306/06/2012
RC406/13/2012
Final06/27/2012
SCA Tools will produce maintenance releases to align with the Juno Service Releases which includes the Eclipse Platform's 3.8.1 and 3.8.2 releases. SCA Tools may produce additional interim maintenance releases. Maintenance releases will only be published if they contain new fixes.
  • Friday, September 19, 2012 - SCA Tools 2.3.1 maintenance release for Juno Service Release 1.
  • Friday, February 13, 2013 - SCA Tools 2.3.2 maintenance release for Juno Service Release 2.
  • Version numbers are subject to change should there be be any additional maintenance releases. A list of the issues addressed for the 2.3.x maintenance stream are available in the Release notes : 2.3.x release notes.

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Target Environments

In order to remain current, each Eclipse release targets reasonably current versions of the underlying operating environments. The SCA Tools project depends upon on the Platform, which is mostly "pure" Java™. The 3.8 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. SCA Tools rely on EMF Core which is written and compiled against version 1.5 of the Java Platform APIs., SCA Tools relies on Java 5. Eclipse Platform SDK 3.8 will be tested and validated on a number of reference platforms. SCA Tools will be tested and validated against a subset of those listed for the platform. Given that there is no operating system dependent code in SCA Tools, it's expected that SCA Tools will work anywhere the Eclipse Platform does.

Internationalization

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. Similarly, the SCA Tools project will externalize all its user interface elements, provide English strings for them in its default bundles, and localize a subset of the locales offered by the Platform. The download page will provide the details as the become available.

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Compatibility with Previous Releases

Compatibility of Release 2.3.0: The SCA Tools project will be developed in parallel, and released simultaneously, with the following project.
  • Eclipse Platform SDK version 3.3
  • EMF 2.8
  • GMF 2.4
Each milestone version of the SCA Tools project will be compatible with the corresponding milestone for this project and will be delivered within the appropriate time offset. The ultimate SCA Tools release will be compatible with the released version of its dependencies and will publish binary and source compatibilities with migration guides on subsequent releases.

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Themes and Priorities

A list of project goals 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 expected to be the focus of each. These themes are presented below, while the goals of the associated Bugzilla entries are available for more detailed information.

Utilities

SCA nature, wizard for the creation of new SCA assembly files, preference pages...
  • Deferred

SCA Domain Model

Items related to the SCA Domain Model component are found in this section:
  • Deferred

SCA Composite Designer

Items related to the SCA Composite Designer component are found in this section:
  • Deferred

SCA Editors

Items related to the SCA Editors (Tree, XML, and Form) are found in this section:
  • Deferred

Deployment

Items related to the deployment are found in this section:
  • Deferred

Introspection

Items related to introspection are found in this section:
  • Deferred

Eclipse 4.2

We will explicitly test against 4.2.

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Appendix Help Wanted

Bugzillas with a 'helpwanted' keyword are in need of contribution from the community. For the most current list of these items, see the following link: All Open

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Appendix 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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