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Project Plan For Model Development Tools (MDT) [UML2], version 3.0.0


This document lays out the feature and API set for the next release of the Eclipse UML2 API (MDT UML2) Project, version 3.0.0. This project plan inherits from the Modeling Project Plan, which should be referenced when consulting this individual project plan.

Note that, the next version of the UML2 API will be based on the latest version of the UMLŽ 2.2 specification from the OMGTM. The changes to the specification involve API breaking changes to the UML2 API thereby requiring the major version to be increased to 3.0.0

Release Deliverables

The release deliverables have the same form as is found in most Eclipse projects, namely:
  • MDT UML2 source code release, available as versions tagged "R3_0" in the project's CVS repository.
  • MDT UML2 SDK (includes runtime, sources, examples, and documentation) (downloadable and update site).
  • MDT UML2 runtime binary distribution (downloadable and update site).
  • MDT UML2 stand-alone binary distribution (downloadable).
  • MDT UML2 tests (downloadable)

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Release Milestones

Release milestone occurring at roughly 6 week intervals and follow the Platform milestone releases by approximately 1 week; that is, until the final 3.5 release of the Platform, upon which MDT UML2 and other projects will release simultaneously. As MDT UML2 is a dependency of numerous other projects, MDT UML2 will deliver its milestones within one week of the Eclipse Platform. It is anticipated that MDT UML2 will synchronize its milestones with the Galileo milestone schedule.
API freeze
Feature Freeze
MDT UML2 will produce maintenance releases to align with the Ganymede SR releases, that includes the Eclipse Platform 3.4.1 and 3.4.2 releases. MDT UML2 may produce interim maintenance releases in addition to these in order to satisfy clients requests.
  • Friday, September 26, 2008 - MDT UML2 2.2.1 maintenance release (Ganymede Service Release 1)
  • Friday, February 27, 2009 - MDT UML2 2.2.2 maintenance release (Ganymede Service Release 2)
  • A list of issues indicated for the 2.2.x maintenance stream can be found in bugzilla, or by using links on maintenance stream build pages.

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Target Environments

In order to remain current, each Eclipse release targets reasonably current versions of the underlying operating environments. The Eclipse Unified Modeling Language (MDT UML2) project depends upon on the Platform and other projects, which are mostly "pure" Java. The 3.5 release of the Eclipse Platform Project is written and compiled against version 1.4 of the Java Platform APIs, and targeted to run on version 1.4 of the Java Runtime Environment, Standard Edition. MDT UML2 will target the same Java version as EMF, which currently requires Java 5. Eclipse Platform SDK 3.5 will be tested and validated on a number of reference platforms. MDT UML2 will be tested and validated against a subset of those listed for the platform.


The Eclipse Platform is designed as the basis for internationalized products. The user interface elements provided by the Eclipse SDK components, including dialogs and error messages, are externalized. The English strings are provided as the default resource bundles. As a result, the MDT UML2 project will provide English strings in its default bundles and be localized to a subset of those locales offered by the Platform. This plan will be updated to indicate which locales will be provided and the time frame for availability.

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Compatibility with Previous Releases

Compatibility of Release 3.0: The MDT UML2 project will be developed in parallel, and released simultaneously, with the following projects. As stated above, each milestone release of the MDT UML2 project will be compatible with the corresponding milestones for each of these projects, and delivered the appropriate offset.
  • Eclipse Platform SDK version 3.5
  • Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) version 2.5
Therefore, the MDT UML2 initial release will be compatible with these versions and will publish binary and source compatibilities with migration guides on subsequent releases.

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Themes and Priorities

A list of project requirements and agreed upon implementation time frames is found in this document. For the milestones listed in this document, a set of overall themes is used to indicate what major set of functionalities is to be concentrated on for each. These themes are presented below, while the requirements document and associated Bugzilla entries are left to those wanting more detailed information on each.

Eclipse 3.5 / EMF 2.5 Compatibility

The MDT UML2 project will maintain currency with its dependencies, in particular advances in the EMF project.

UML 2.2 Compliance

As an implementation of the OMG's UML 2.2 specification, the MDT UML2 project will maintain currency with the revised 2.2 specification.

Community Support

The UML2 component is committed to supporting the community by addressing issues raised by the community.

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Appendix Legal Notices

  • Java is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • UML and OMG are trademarks or registered trademark of the Object Management GroupTM, Inc.
  • All other products or company names are mentioned for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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