New Eclipse Project To Bring PDE and WTP Together

OSGi Enterprise Tools Project

The OSGi Enterprise Tools project has been proposed as a new project under the Web Tools Platform Container Project.

OSGi Enterprise Tools will provide standard tools for the development of OSGi Enterprise applications. Specifically, it will provide tools for creating deployable artifacts for application servers implementing the OSGi Enterprise specification, in addition to tools that will help convert Java EE deployable artifacts to OSGi Enterprise deployable artifacts. The project will also comprise of tools for editing and validating the metadata of OSGi Enterprise artifacts, and a generic OSGi server adapter. It will not provide tools that replace the existing tooling in the WTP and PDE projects, as it is focused on providing "the missing pieces" to bring PDE and WTP tooling together, when it comes to implementing OSGi Enterprise scenarios. The project will also avoid application models that extend, or conflict with, the OSGi Enterprise specification.

Tools currently under consideration, include an 'OSGi Bundle facet' that will extend the WTP projects with PDE functionality, and an extension of the PDE Manifest Editor. The initial contribution will come from tools such as the OSGi Bundle facet, and its install delegate and install wizard page, and the Dynamic Web Project wizard, which will be used in the creation of new Web Application Bundle projects. The initial committers will be Kaloyan Raev and Dimitar Giormov, both of SAP.

Jessica Thornsby

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