At the Europa build workshop (http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/Europa_Build_Workshop),
one of the action items that arose was the desire to share best practices
and tools across projects with respect to release engineering. We
discovered that multiple teams have written tools with similar functionality
to incorporate into their builds, such as comparing plugins and feature
versions across releases, api comparison tools and others . It makes
sense to share these tools instead of duplicating committer efforts.
We also learned that teams that
recompile our builds for redistribution, for example, linux distrubutions,
have suggestions on how to make our builds easier to reproduce for
their respective communities. We heard from new eclipse projects
who have had difficulties getting their builds started and hope that these
best practices will be able to help them out. I invite you to add
any recommended techniques or tools that you have incorporated into your
builds to the list on the wiki.