Eclipse Foundation's Web Tools Platform 1.0

The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to implementation of a universal development platform, will make the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.0 release generally available the week of Dec 19th, 2005. Eclipse WTP 1.0 is an extensible, standards-based tool platform for developing J2EE and Web applications.

WTP has already been adopted by the leading J2EE suppliers, including BEA, Borland, IBM, JBoss and ObjectWeb. This full version release solidifies the platform API for 3rd party extension, and accompanying major documentation improvements make WTP ready for the next-level of vendor adoption.

This release focuses on two of the three major goals outlined in the WTP roadmap: defining the WTP API, and keeping current with the underlying Eclipse platform. Future releases will focus more on the third roadmap goal of currency with Web and J2EE standards like Java 5.0 and WSDL 2.0. Building atop the Eclipse 3.1.1 maintenance release, WTP 1.0 upgrades the original 0.7 release to a state that is suitable for adoption by tool vendors and debuts several new features:

- Promote selected provisional APIs to platform status based on vendor requirements;
- Componentize WTP into features to enable adopters to select subsets of functionality appropriate to their requirements;
- Enhance and extend the wide array of out-of-the-box developer tools introduced in the 0.7 release;
- "Future-proof" WTP by aligning its project model with Eclipse platform changes planned for version 3.2 (the Callisto release);
- Major document and help system contributions from IBM that include both end-user and adopter documentation; and
- Fix important bugs, with an emphasis on stability, adoption issues, performance and scalability.

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