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From Rick Hillegas <rick.hille...@oracle.com>
Subject draft of message to derby-user concerning the future of the Eclipse plugins
Date Tue, 24 May 2011 16:16:05 GMT
Here's a first draft of a message to derby-user about the future of the 
Eclipse plugins. Please let me know how I can improve this.



Dear Eclipse users,

For the past six years, Derby releases have included two Eclipse 
plugins: a core plugin and a ui/doc plugin. The Derby developers have 
come to the conclusion that these plugin artifacts fall outside the 
scope of our charter, which explictly excludes IDE and GUI work: 
http://db.apache.org/derby/derby_charter.html#Database+Technology For 
future releases, we would like to get out of the business of producing 
these plugins. We plan to build them for one more maintenance release, 
10.8.2: http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/DerbyTenEightTwoRelease After 
that, we need to find some other way to support people who develop 
Derby-powered applications with Eclipse.

We have two immediate questions for Eclipse users:

1) Does anyone use these plugins anymore?

2) Would someone in the user community be willing to build these plugins 
for each Derby release and host them someplace else, perhaps at 

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