Another Eclipse open source venture

Maven Integration in Web Tools Platform - an Eclipse proposal

A new Eclipse proposal has emerged from the inner sanctum of Red Hat's m2eclipse team, putting forward a new open source project to deliver integration with Maven and the Web Tools Platform.

Given that Maven is the defacto standard build tool for Java and featuring heavily in the Eclipse M2E project to configure the JDT, logically it should broaden its horizons into other Eclipse-centric areas. This is also why this proposal has fallen under Eclipse's jurisidiction with so much M2E development already occuring in-house and the ease of creating better relationships between WTP and M2E communities.

M2E provides a set of extension points 'to provide the mapping between the "Maven World" and the "Eclipse World"', as the team's proposal puts it. For this project, a similar method would be employed to provide a set of extension points, enabling Maven projects to be usable within Eclipse WTP.

Alongside this bridge, there would be a Eclipse WTP module component system to provide advanced functionality such as support for Maven Web resource filtering and War Overlay features. The proposal states that the primary goal is to 'make the bridge as transparent as possible when you import Maven projects' with the secondary goal to make Eclipse projects also Maven projects when creating.

Work on the code is ongoing within the m2eclipse-wtp project, under the guidance of Project Lead Fred Bricon. The team broke away from the central m2eclipse base back in 2010, and has gone from strength to strength.

The team intend to get this new open source project into a release train, but the proposal of course comes too soon for Juno. Kepler is the target for them. 

With m2eclipse-wtp being one of the most popular plugin downloads in the Eclipse Marketplace, it's great that this proposal has surfaced to give some help to those using Eclipse Web Tools Platform.

Chris Mayer

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