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RE: [wtp-dev] Urgent Action Required: Hot Bug List - Fixes NeededBy RC2
- From: "Larry Isaacs" <Larry.Isaacs@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 13:28:00 -0500
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- Thread-topic: [wtp-dev] Urgent Action Required: Hot Bug List - Fixes NeededBy RC2
Thanks for the info. I was afraid the story might be
something like that. This does represent a regression from what worked in
WTP 0.7, but given there was no UI to take advantage of external jars, I don't
know how many will be affected by this.
Our situation is that SAS produces a fairly sizable set of
library jars that our IDE needs to support. In addition, new versions of
these jars come out periodically so our IDE needs to support multiple versions
of those jars, which unfortunately aren't always backwards compatible. To
help manage this situation, we add our own classpath container with its own
configuration UI. For Dynamic Web Projects, we programmatically add the
selected jars as external jars to the project's module to include them in the
webapp's WEB-INF/lib. If this feature isn't supported, then SAS's fall
back position could be to copy them to the project's WEB-INF/lib, which would be
inconvenient workaround, but doable.
Given the nature of the change, I can understand not
wanting to take the risk just for SAS's account. The issue is probably
worth getting a handle on now, but here are two other alternatives that would
meet SAS's needs.
1) The initial release of our IDE won't occur until some
time in early spring. If there is a 1.0 maintenance release with a
fix within that time frame we're okay. I can't speak for others,
though. In the mean time, I'll would create patched version locally until
a fix is available.
2) Perhaps safer than fixing the bug would be to
try to ensure that the Tomcat plug-in is extendable so that we can provide a fix
by building our own plug-in that extends the Tomcat plug-in. That way
we can provide the ability to test with at least Tomcat (which is what we
have in our current IDE) until the fix can get into WTP 1.5 . A long
time ago, I tried extending the Tomcat plug-in to see what I do to provide
Tomcat 3.3 support and ran into some issues which prevented its
success. There might still be some changes required for this to work, but
it's not published API, so the impact of the changes shouldn't
matter. Should such changes happen to prove to risky, SAS
could duplicate the whole plug-in and make changes from there, but it would be
nice not to have to do this. This alternative would imply not using your
first choice below of pulling out all of the external jar function and going
with the second one instead.
Given that my overall grasp of WTP
details probably isn't sufficient to make the ultimate call about fixing
this bug, I'll defer to your judgment. If it's not practical, SAS can
try for one of the two above. Thanks.
I've already started a discussion with the team that
added external jar support. Although it is a cool and valuable function, it
was added without any coordination with the server team. As a result, there
are no server adapters that support it. We've got three options at this point
- pull out all of the external jar function, leave the current support in but
add a large release note about how it is unsupported at runtime, or make some
fairly significant last minute changes in a couple components to get it
supported on each of the server types. I understand that this may be a
critical issue for you, but we need to be clear that this would be new
function in RC2 with little chance for testing.
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|RE: [wtp-dev] Urgent
Action Required: Hot Bug List - Fixes Needed By
I would like to add https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=116783 to the hot list as what we are building at SAS
Institute on top of Eclipse and WTP would be severely impacted by this bug.
Though the reporter marked it's severity as "normal", it is critical, or
at least major, for us. I'll start investigating the cause to see what a
fix might look like. Thanks.
Java Development Environments
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