Hello fellow PMC Members,
Projects are encouraged to hold summits during EclipseCon 2014. For, WTP maybe this is already being discussed, but if not I believe this could be a great opportunity to bring people together around a set of "themes" to start discussions around one of the most popular platforms created in eclipse, and the future directions that the project may take to adapt to the shifts in technology.
I would be interested in investing some of my time trying to organize the summit. This is a big task, and I may not be able to do it all on my own. Nevertheless, with some support from our great community it is achievable. Starting a multi-faceted discussion will benefit the project too.
To start a discussion, I would like to suggest a set of "themes" to shape an agenda and invite/encourage talks:
Client platforms are converging. It is hard to imagine Web Tools as a platform for building tools for applications that target the browsers. Hybrid application platforms such as Apache Cordova, or the Mozilla phone, the large number of mobile frameworks like Dojo Mobile, JQuery Mobile, JBoss Aerogear emphasize the shifts in this space. What new tools do we need to develop effectively in this space?
Java EE Enterprise
Java EE Enterprise changed significantly and for the better since the early dark days of J2EE. The concept of monolithic servers have been replaced with modular platforms and server profiles, and in places being replaced by innovative and fundamentally different server technologies such as vert.x and nodejs. Applications and components are easier to assemble and build. The MVC architecture is being challenged by event-driven and asynchronous designs. Are the tools ready to deal with this change?
Cloud platforms change the way we design, develop, deploy and run our applications. Eclipse Orion is a great demonstrations of what is possible for an IDE on the cloud. Conceiving, coding, testing, debugging on the cloud is fundamentally different. Server tools are increasingly challenged for targeting applications running on cloud platforms. This is the new face of Web development, do the tools need new faces too?
Webtools Commercialized - The future of API
WTP has been one of the most widely used platforms in eclipse to build commercial tools. IBM, Oracle, SAP, JBoss among others depend on WTP to deliver a stable and quality platform. Do the interest to keep the platform stable conflict with the need to make radical changes for new technologies? Not unlike eclipse platform itself, this has been a delicate balance to maintain.
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