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Re: [eclipse-pmc] Mars (4.5) Release Review Material

+1, I read through the material and it looks good to me. Thanks for putting this together, Dani. A couple of comments:
  • I believe this is the first release that will not run at all on Java 6, so I think that is worth noting in the "Architectural Issues" section.
  • As a response to Martin's PDE comment, I think it is fair to have a comment that PDE Build is in maintenance mode and is no longer used to build the platform itself. I may even be worth saying it is entirely deprecated.
  • In the security section, "Eclipse top-level continues " should say either "Eclipse top-level project continues" or "Eclipse project continues"

From:        "Oberhuber, Martin" <Martin.Oberhuber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To:        "eclipse-pmc@xxxxxxxxxxx" <eclipse-pmc@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:        06/01/2015 07:32 AM
Subject:        Re: [eclipse-pmc] Mars (4.5) Release Review Material
Sent by:        eclipse-pmc-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx

Hi Dani,
Great work – very informational while not too verbose, and well structured. I like it a lot, thanks to the author(s) for great work, +1 approved !
Some minor comments – mostly cosmetic:
1.       Clicking the planurl (“Mars Plan”) doesn’t work for me, perhaps you need https://www now instead of http://www ? This URL worked for me though the styling looks a bit basic:

2.       In the overview, you mention “performance and stability” though later on you also mention “usability” as a theme. To me, bringing back Perspective Customization/Export/Import in Mars is a significant achievement in the Usability sector so I think it would make sense exposing that a bit more prominently. isn’t even mentioned in the N&N or the Plan at the moment ?!?
a.       Might make sense wording the overview “For more details, see the Mars Plan and the New & Noteworthy below.”

3.       Architectural Issues section: “More APIs have been released” in this context sounds like it’s a problem or a bad thing ? But likely wasn’t meant that way. Perhaps move the “More APIs” sentence under the “API Certification” headline ?

4.       Non-Code Aspects section: “Open accessibility bugs” would be good if hyperlinked to a bugzilla query

5.       Usability section: “Eclipse User Interface Guidelines” should be a clickable hyperlink
6.       End of Life section: The “deprecated API removals” hyperlink points to cgit master, would it make sense pointing to a tag or branch instead for 4.5 ?
a.       In the documented, consider changing the headline “API removals after June 2015” to “Planned API removals after June 2015”
Since people may read this document at a later time, it should be clear what has been done versus what was planned

7.       Communities section – Would be good to have clickable hyperlinks for , and

8.       PDE – would it make sense to talk about the situation in “PDE Build” versus Maven / Tycho, in the “Architectural Issues” section ? – There is some confusion around these two in the wider Plugin Developers Community I think (“Is PDE Build deprecated? Is it still supported ? Do I have to switch to Tycho?”) .
Martin Oberhuber, SMTS / Product Owner – Development Tools, Wind River
direct +43.662.457915.85  fax +43.662.457915.6
From: eclipse-pmc-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:eclipse-pmc-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Daniel Megert
Friday, May 29, 2015 10:49 PM
[eclipse-pmc] Mars (4.5) Release Review Material

Dear PMC members,

please review the
Mars (4.5) release review material and respond with feedback to this list. Please also respond whether you approve or decline the review (needed by the EMO) by June 3,

NOTE: The IP Log is not yet attached as it is still under review by the Eclipse IP staff and a late CQ is under review.


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