Among the key principles on which this project has been initiated, and will be run, are the following:
Extension of the Eclipse Value Proposition
The Eclipse Project has set a high standard for technical excellence, functional
innovation and overall extensibility within the universal tool platform
domain. We intend to apply these same standards to the test & performance
tools platform domain.
A major goal of this project is to support a vital application development
tools market. Its exemplary functionality will be useful on its own but
it will be designed from the start to be extensible so commercial vendors
can use what this project delivers as a foundation for their own product
innovation and development efficiency.
Vendor neutrality will be at the core of this project. We aim to encourage
Eclipse participation and drive Eclipse market acceptance by strengthening
the long-term product value propositions of the widest possible range of
application development vendors.
This project will deliver an extensible, standards-based tooling foundation
on which the widest possible range of vendors can create value-added development
products for their customers and end-users. Where standards exist, we will
adhere to them. At least, at first, where standards are emerging, we will
wait for them to emerge; this can be re-evaluated later according to user
needs and contributor availability. Where multiple technologies are widely
used for a given functional need, we will attempt to support each, subject
only to technical feasibility and our goal of providing the most capable
and extensible foundation long term.
Our aim is to incorporate into our planning process the innovations that
arise once a project is underway, and the feedback from our user community
on our achievements to date. An agile development and planning process,
in which progress is incremental, near-term deliverables are focused, and
long-term planning is flexible, will be the best way to achieve this.
Inclusiveness & Diversity
We aim to assimilate the best ideas from the largest number of participants
representing the needs of the widest range of end-users. So we will encourage
organizations across a broad range of technical, market and geographical
domains to participate in this project.