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From "Jeff Liu (JIRA)" <axis-...@ws.apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS-1835) Create an Eclipse update manager site for Axis
Date Tue, 15 Mar 2005 22:04:22 GMT
     [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AXIS-1835?page=comments#action_60887 ]
     
Jeff Liu commented on AXIS-1835:
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I assembled the update site using Eclipse, so it was not an automated process. I've also posted
this question to the Eclipse update/install team... There's an automated (but unsupported)
way of creating an update site from features/plugins. However, AFAIK, there's no automated
way of creating a feature/plugin from a set of jars (ex. axis-1_1.zip). So, just to throw
in a picture here, here's what (I think) the Axis update site is going to look like:

Axis update site
  |_ Axis 1.1 feature
      |_ Axis 1.1 plugin
  |_ Axis 1.2 feature
      |_ Axis 1.2 plugin
  ...

As long as you have the features/plugins, you can automate the creation of the update site,
but that requires you to have the features/plugins to begin with. And there's no automated
process for creating that, mainly because the descriptor files (plugin.xml) for Axis 1.1,
1.2, etc are likely going to be different.

Personally, I think this is ok because features/plugins to me are like source code. We check
them into the CVS system, and they will be different from version to version. So when Axis
cuts a new version of Axis, we'll create a new feature/plugin for it. Oh, btw, you'll probably
ask why a new feature/plugin for each version of Axis. The plans that we have in the Eclipse
Web Tools Platform project is to provide tooling for Axis 1.1, 1.2... That's why we need to
put them into seperate plugins.

Comments/Suggestions?

> Create an Eclipse update manager site for Axis
> ----------------------------------------------
>
>          Key: AXIS-1835
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AXIS-1835
>      Project: Axis
>         Type: New Feature
>     Reporter: Jeff Liu
>     Priority: Minor

>
> I work on the Eclipse Web Tools Platform Project (WTP). One of the features included
in WTP is the ability to generate a Web service that targets Axis. Obviously, in order to
do that, a user would need to "install" Axis into WTP. The install steps are not easy, in
fact, they are quite painful... What would be nice is if we can host an Eclipse update manager
site on the Axis Web site, so that users can just point to the URL and Axis will be installed
automatically. I'll be interested in contributing this piece of the work. Any comments/suggestions?

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