|[eclipse-dev] FTP and WebDAV target management providers|
We are considering moving the FTP and WebDAV target management providers out of the Eclipse Platform into a separately downloadable and installable feature. This change involves the following three plug-in: org.eclipse.team.ftp - FTP target management provider (UI, no API) org.eclipse.team.webdav - WebDAV target management provider (UI, no API) org.eclipse.webdav - WebDAV protocol (provisional API, no UI) We are making these changes for two reasons: - the FTP and WebDAV target management provider plug-ins are relatively new and their quality is not yet at the same level of the rest of the platform - to reduce workbench clutter: the UI plug-ins unconditionally contribute items to the Team menu The org.eclipse.webdav plug-in contains provisional API and implementation for talking to WebDAV servers; the API is used by the org.eclipse.team.webdav plug-in. The org.eclipse.webdav plug-in is carried over virtually unchanged from the 1.0 release, where it was used to support a provisional core target management facility. The core target management facility has since been removed, and replaced by org.eclipse.team.webdav. It feels approriate to move this plug-in out of the platform and keep it with the rest. While we are aware of parties making use of the provisional WebDAV API for internal tools, we know of no one planning to use it in a shipping products (which is to be expected, given its provisional status), and no one that would be severely impacted by this change. We intend to do this repackaging for F3. Let us know immediately if this creates problems that we had not anticipated.
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