Jun 22, 2007

New generic server fetaures in Europa

I know, I usually post about mobile java and eRCP, but eRCP is not the only eclipse project I am involved in. As the Europa release is around the corner, I feel, I should highlight some of the new features on the WTP(webtools) generic server framework that will be interest to those who develop and maintain server integrations in WTP.

Thanks to contributions from John O'Shea and David Black from Capeclear, generic server serverdef files now has a new friend, the runtimedef file. With runtimedef files it is possible to reuse parts of generic server definitions. I suspect, this new feature will be popular among those folks who needs to support the same server with SOA extensions and some blend of portal software or ESB software. You can read the details in this bug report.

A new improvement has been added to the way classpaths are defined in serverdef/runtimedef files. Starting with Europa you can define ANT style filesets in classpath definitions in addition to archives. Here is an example snippet that shows how it works.

<classpath id="jboss.project" >
<fileset dir="${serverRootDirectory}">
<include name="client/*.jar" />
<include name="server/default/lib/*.jar" />
</fileset>
</classpath>

I am now updating the generic server article with these details and it will be ready for the Europa release.

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Jun 6, 2007

More platforms and more companies are supporting eSWT

Yesterday, we have received the first welcome mail to dsdp-ercp-dev list from SonyEricsson. They are now working to get eSWT to their mobile phones. Moreover, they have started to participate in the project as well.

I believe with this addition of SonyEricsson platform to Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile, eSWT will be available to a good portion of the smartphones as early as 2008.

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Jun 5, 2007

Eclipse moment of competition

A pleasent Finnish spring morning. Sitting on my desk on Nokia's Kulma Sarvis building in Tampere and waiting for the arrival of the guests for the meeting, I had a flashback to a moment on eclipseCon 2005. To one of those moments that you would not normally remember.

EclipseCon 2005 was exciting days for WTP project. WTP had just started and earlier in the conference BEA had announced their participation to the project. I was sitting on the code camp with Tim DeBoer (IBM) and Konstantin Komissarchik (BEA), Tim was explaining to Kosta basics of server tooling framework. At one moment, I think Tim somehow felt odd and turned to me and said "We are in competition with these guys". I did not really understand what was Tim and Kosta feeling that day because I was coming from Lomboz and never felt that they were competition.

My cellphone rang and the lady from the reception said "Your guests arrived". Taking the elevator to down to meet some members of eSWT implementation team from SonyEricsson, I thought so that's how it feels.

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