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Supportability of EPF [message #1440173] Wed, 08 October 2014 02:59 Go to next message
Peter Kelley is currently offline Peter KelleyFriend
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I am currently putting together a case to move our company's methodology to the EPF platform and I had a few concerns.

The version of Eclipse that EPF is based on is quite old and I don't see any roadmap items that would suggest that it will be updated. How supportable is this version of Eclipse and therefore how supportable is EPF?

Will the base platform be updated so that newer plugins can be used (like Git)?

How tied to Rational Method Composer is EPF and how does this affect the roadmap?

Are there any plans to allow additional customisation of the generated web site to facilitate better web standards support and better branding of content (we sell our methodology to customers)?

Peter Kelley
Re: Supportability of EPF [message #1449801 is a reply to message #1440173] Tue, 21 October 2014 21:15 Go to previous message
Bruce MacIsaac is currently offline Bruce MacIsaacFriend
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This version of Eclipse has been working fine for both EPF Composer and Rational Method Composer (RMC), and tools that they integrate with (such as Rational Team Concert).
At the current time, the only committers that are actively modifying code are from IBM. Unless that changes, then the roadmap for EPF composer will mirror that of RMC, and the underlying Eclipse platform is expected to migrate when RMC does this migration.

At some point I expect the base platform will be updated for RMC, but the drivers will be compatibility with other Rational tools on the Eclipse platform and available resources.
There are no plans yet to do this.

EPF is essentially a subset of RMC, and changes to RMC that affect that subset are included in the EPF subset.

We are looking into increased customizability of generated web sites to facilitate better web standards support and better branding of content. However, we will likely do this first by providing new and improved skins for RMC, and based on feedback from that, we will donate selected improvements into EPF.
If you are interested in accelerating this by becoming a contributor to EPF, let me know.
The upcoming webinar on RMC tips and tricks will talk quite a bit about customizability.
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