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RE: [equinox-dev] Incubator commit rights for Kim Horne

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Great idea for an incubator.
From: equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jeff McAffer
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 10:48 PM
To: equinox-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Kim Horne
Subject: [equinox-dev] Incubator commit rights for Kim Horne


The 3.3 plan
        http://www.eclipse.org/eclipse/development/eclipse_project_plan_3_3.html
has an item related to customization
        https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=154099
Kim Horne (UI team) has been investigating some techniques for transforming plugin.xml files and thus the registry contributions they contain. Basically this amounts to a mechanism for spec'ing an XSLT style sheet and then running the plugin.xmls through the transformer as they are loaded. See
        http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/Product_Customization
 Kim has offered to contribute this to Equinox.  Pretty cool.  But wait, it gets better.

When you stand back from those details, it appears that there are several other things that could be "customized".  Manifest.mf for one.  Code for another.  The Equinox incubator already includes a work area related to Aspects.  The proposal here is that the scope of that work be broadened to include transformation of other artifacts.  In addition to the specific transformation mechansms discussed, Kim would like to investigate a customization brokering service that would match transformers to transformations and transformees.  This notion would, for example, allow for a manifest customization mechanism to be plugged in.  Ideally we would also be able to phrase code customization using this mechanism.  This may involve AspectJ weaving or some other mechanism (e.g., for mapping class references when packages are renamed).

In any event, all of these things are in the Equinox domain and Kim is offering to drive at least part of this effort.  To facilitate that, I propose adding Kim as a committer on the Equinox Incubator component.  Please respond to this list with your votes.

Jeff
 
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