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From Sachin Patel <sppat...@gmail.com>
Subject Better integration between Eclipse WTP / Geronimo
Date Mon, 26 Sep 2005 14:16:54 GMT
The Eclipse Web Tools Project comes pre-packaged with server adapters 
for many application servers, including Tomcat, Weblogic, WebSphere, 
JBoss, JOnAS.  Since we've moved the Geronimo plug-in development over 
to Apache, we're no longer included with WTP. Users must be aware that a 
plugin exists for Geronimo and they must go install it themselves.  Even 
though this is not a problem and trivial to do this, we've essentially 
lost this so called "free advertisement".  Also WTP does not ship any 
runtimes, only the server adapter for those runtimes.  So in the 
Geronimo case, users not only have to manually point to the update site 
and install the plug-in, but they must also install the application 
server itself.  It would be much nicer if we could get tighter 
integration with WTP so users can avoid any manual intervention at all.


So I was on a call last week with some members of WTP and what came out 
of the meeting was the following feature proposals....


https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=110453
https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=110455

So to summarize what the following will accomplish...

Users will download only WTP.  Once launched they will be able to go to 
"New --> Server".  Geronimo will automatically be pre-listed as one of 
the choices.  If chosen, WTP will go out to the Geronimo update site 
without users having to point to it, and pop up the license and will 
install the plugin as well as download and install the Application 
Server!!  The plugin will then automatically be configured for that 
install image.


This I think will help integrate Eclipse WTP very nicely with Geronimo.  
>From our end there will be minimal coding that will need to be done from 
the plugin site.  The main piece of work for enablement will be to set 
up an update site not only for the plug-in, but for the server as well.  
If anyone has any objections to make the server available for download 
through the Eclipse update manager site, let me know.  Otherwise I will 
work with the Eclipse team to get this set up.


Sachin.

















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