WTP 1.0 Release Notes
web tools platform 1.0 release notes
Introduction
 

This document contains information about the WTP 1.0 Release.

Press Release
New and Noteworthy
Known Problems
Press Release
 

Eclipse Foundation Announces Web Tools Platform 1.0; Eclipse WTP Project Ships Platform API for Independent Extension

 

OTTAWA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2005--The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to implementation of a universal development platform, will make the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.0 release generally available the week of Dec 19th, 2005. Eclipse WTP 1.0 is an extensible, standards-based tool platform for developing J2EE and Web applications. WTP has already been adopted by the leading J2EE suppliers, including BEA, Borland, IBM, JBoss and ObjectWeb. This full version release solidifies the platform API for 3rd party extension, and accompanying major documentation improvements make WTP ready for the next-level of vendor adoption.

 

"This release really starts to deliver on the vision of the Web Tools Platform," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Providing a strong platform for companies to leverage when building Web and J2EE tools is a critical component of Eclipse's strategy for providing a universal development platform for tools integration."

 

"The new features of WTP 1.0 are designed to create a more vendor ready platform for Web and J2EE development," said Tim Wagner, the PMC Lead of the Web Tools Project from BEA Systems. "Working together with the diverse member companies in the project and the community has helped immensely to produce these platform APIs, which can help to better enable other commercial vendors to leverage WTP tools for their products."

 

This release focuses on two of the three major goals outlined in the WTP roadmap: defining the WTP API, and keeping current with the underlying Eclipse platform. Future releases will focus more on the third roadmap goal of currency with Web and J2EE standards like Java 5.0 and WSDL 2.0. Building atop the Eclipse 3.1.1 maintenance release, WTP 1.0 upgrades the original 0.7 release to a state that is suitable for adoption by tool vendors and debuts several new features:

  • Promote selected provisional APIs to platform status based on vendor requirements;
  • Componentize WTP into features to enable adopters to select subsets of functionality appropriate to their requirements;
  • Enhance and extend the wide array of out-of-the-box developer tools introduced in the 0.7 release;
  • "Future-proof" WTP by aligning its project model with Eclipse platform changes planned for version 3.2 (the "Callisto" release);
  • Major document and help system contributions from IBM that include both end-user and adopter documentation; and
  • Fix important bugs, with an emphasis on stability, adoption issues, performance and scalability.
 

Inclusion of feedback from the community will ultimately help address the challenge of producing the right platform APIs for a demanding vendor community; input from many sources is not only welcome but necessary. The project already has attracted the active participation of major vendors like BEA, who leads the project, ObjectWeb and IBM who helped initiate the project, JBoss and Oracle. The adoption and use of WTP 1.0 in commercial products like BEA Workshop(TM) and IBM Rational(R) Application Developer for WebSphere(R) Software can help to accelerate the adoption curve by other vendors, as improvements derived from their usage can help to lower the risk for other vendors wishing to leverage WTP technology. Downloads are available now at the project website, located at http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/downloads .

New and Noteworthy
Web Services Tools
XML Tools
Known Problems
Bugzilla
 

All known problems are recorded in the Eclipse Bugzilla system under:

  • Classification = WebTools
  • Product = Web Tools
  • Status = NEW or ASSIGNED or REOPENED

 

Check for suggested workarounds in the bug comments.

Adopter Hot Bug List
 

WTP 1.0 adopters have requested that the following known problems be given high priority in the coming releases:

 
Unresolved Adopter Hot Bugs as of 2006-03-16 18:38:37 UTC
ID Target Milestone Summary
115892 --- Need Auto-selection of facet dependencies
117529 --- Debug Last Launched command doesn't work on basic Web App
107311 1.5 M6 IStructuredModel#save(IFile) for SaveAs causes a ghost file
111545 1.5 M6 Seperation of Server and Runtime is causing problems
118493 1.5 M6 global validation preferences should be valid for all projects
95903 1.5 M6 XML Catalog extension points should support locations with 'jar:' protocol