Hi all, sorry for the long email, but
I think it's an important topic for our planning meeting tomorrow.
We've got some user feedback expressing
it would be much easier to assemble libraries with various plug-ins as
needed, meaning the OpenUP library by default should contain base_concepts
and openup plug-ins only, then any additions could be download from Eclipse
web site. In other words, one wants to download OpenUP without having to
deal with other plug-ins they don't plan to use on near or long term.
As this is simple to solve from the
user perspective, it may pose some challenges from content development
- From user perspective, EPF Composer
offers today the capability for exporting and importing plug-ins. We can
simply provide OpenUP library with openup and base_concepts plug-ins only,
then users pick and choose any OpenUP/xyz from EPF web site and import
it to their library. The web site download area would be populated with
these plug-ins. For user's convenience, we can periodically publish these
various configurations and make it readily available for download.
- From development perspective, every
extension to OpenUP plug-in should *ideally* be created in the OpenUP library
itself, because it makes it easier from the version control perspective
to handle the various xmi files individually. If you separate plug-ins
in different libraries, plug-in authors will have to keep copies of OpenUP
in a sandbox location, develop their plug-ins as extension to OpenUP, export
those plug-ins from time to time, add them to CVS as a zip file, them make
available for download by users. We loose granularity in our version control,
and are obliged to keep local copies of OpenUP library.
UNLESS these sandbox locations are also
in CVS, in a different branch than the main OpenUP library. Authors can
work on their plug-ins and commit individual xmi files to CVS - the only
caveat for plug-in authors is to keep this sandbox OpenUP up-to-date with
most current main OpenUP. Exports of their plug-ins would occur as part
of periodically builds, so plug-ins can be made available in the download
That approach tries to solve the fact
that EPF Composer does not work with multiple projects from different workspaces.
Conclusion: I don't believe separating
the OpenUP extensions from the main OpenUP library in CVS will harm the
concept of OpenUP Family. Moreover, that makes it easier for plug-ins to
evolve at different pace than the OpenUP library itself is evolving, and
multiple authors can work their solution in parallel. Also, those authors
can take the responsibility of uploading their plug-ins and updating the
web site themselves- sort of sharing web master's responsibilities :-)
What is your take on this? We can discuss
it during our planning meeting tomorrow.
IBM Rational Software (www.ibm.com/rational)
Eclipse Process Framework (www.eclipse.org/epf)