|[wtp-dev] BEA WebLogic Server support in WTP 2.0|
For WTP 2.0, BEA is planning on providing server adapters for versions 8.1, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2 and 10.0 of WLS that are downloadable from a BEA update site rather than relying on WLS adapters that are currently bundled with WTP. The adapters that will be provided will be taken from BEA Workshop code base, thus extending the benefits of tight WTP/WLS integration already enjoyed by Workshop users to the broader WTP community. In order to reduce user confusion, the open-source WLS adapters that are currently bundled with WTP will be removed from the WTP distribution and discontinued.
This change will be rolled out in stages:
Stage 1: The open-source WLS adapters will be removed from the WTP code base and replaced with a pointer to a BEA update site. The removed adapters will then be placed on the BEA update site together with the source to comply with EPL requirements. This will happen in the next couple of weeks.
Stage 2: The new WLS adapters will be rolled out to the BEA update site (thus replacing and discontinuing the open-source versions) to coincide with WTP 2.0 GA this summer.
How will this impact the user? In a basic WTP installation, the user will no longer see WLS listed in the list of available servers out of the box. The user will have to click on the "Don't see your server listed? Click here" link in the "New Server Runtime" wizard. That will bring up another wizard that will connect to registered update sites and will allow the user to download and install WLS adapters into the WTP installation. After the first install, the user will be able to use standard Eclipse update-site facilities to search for updates to these plugins. BEA will also provide a way to download a bundle of plugins containing the WLS adapters for administrators who need to create Eclipse distributions for offline users.