Eclipse Web and J2EE Tools Platform Project rolls out

Project mangers at Eclipse went live with the Web Tools Platform Project last week. It's an open-source project that defines a platform API for third-party, commercial adoption and extension, and offers a new feature called "facets" that helps users understand where they can deploy different features, Eclipse says on its Web site,

The WTP project includes source editors for HTML, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, JavaServer Pages, SQL, XML, Document Type Definition, XML Schema Definition and WSDL, as well as graphical editors for XSD and WSDL.

The project consists of Web and J2EE standards tools subprojects. The Web Standard Tools subproject aims to provide common infrastructure available to any Eclipse-based development environment targeting Web-enabled applications. Within the subproject's scope are tools for the development of three-tier (presentation, business and data logic) and server publication of corresponding system artifacts, Eclipse says.

The initial scope of the J2EE Standard Tools subproject will be to provide a basic Eclipse plug-in for developing applications based on J2EE 1.4 targeting J2EE-compliant application servers, as well as a generic J2EE tooling infrastructure for other Eclipse-based development products, according to Eclipse.