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[pdt-dev] PDT Incubator project


During the next few days a project proposal will be submitted to the Eclipse Foundation targeting the creation of “PDT Incubator” project. You can read more details about this proposal at the bottom of this email.

Since some of you contribute code and patches to the Eclipse PDT I would like to welcome you and ask if you are willing to join this project and be a committer/mentor that is maintained under the Eclipse Foundation projects.


If you are interested joining the initial committers or mentors list, please reply to this email with a “+1” with a short bio and a short description on your experience with Eclipse/PDT. You can also add your own comments regarding this proposal.







The PDT Incubator is a proposed open source project under the PDT Project.


This proposal is in the Project Proposal Phase (as defined in the Eclipse Development Process document) and is written to declare its intent and scope. This proposal is written to solicit additional participation and input from the Eclipse community. You are invited to comment on and/or join the project. Please send all feedback to the http://www.eclipse.org/newsportal/thread.php?group=eclipse.tools.pdt newsgroup.




The goal of the PDT Incubator project is to experiment with alternative ideas and technologies for enhancing and complementing PDT. For example, the addition of Smarty source editing, Aspect oriented programming PDT, are possible areas of investigation for the PDT Incubator. In addition to this, the Incubator is also intended to serve as a forum for interested third parties and a place for the development of additional components and tools for PDT outside of the restrictions of the PDT project itself. This includes the development of additional source editing improvements and other components improvements. Incubator components are intended to stay in the Incubator until they are mature enough to be integrated into the main development stream.


Initial Work Areas


APDT ? Aspect PDT

The Aspect PHP Development Tools (APDT) [1] project provides Eclipse platform based tool support for AOSD with PHP. It has been developed by William Candillon during the Google Summer of Code 2008 [2] and mentored by Michael Spector.



The SmartyPDT [3] Editor adds a Smarty support for PDT. Smarty is a template engine for PHP, this project enables users to develop Smarty projects utilizing the power of PDT development tool. It has been developed by William Candillon and Roy Ganor.


 Out of Scope


Work in the PDT Incubator will be constrained to only those efforts that we expect to graduate (i.e. the code will eventually become part of PDT). It is not a playground for arbitrary development efforts. In addition, we should ensure that investment in the incubator never leaves the community with the perception that it is coming at the cost of important work on the PDT project.




         Current committers of the Eclipse PDT project



Initial Committers



The initial committers will be all committers on the current incubator components. Commit rights will be handled on a component-by-component basis.



[1] http://code.google.com/p/apdt/

[2] http://wiki.eclipse.org/Google_Summer_of_Code_2008

[3] code.google.com/p/smartypdt/