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<p:plan plan-format="1.0" xmlns:p="http://www.eclipse.org/project/plan" xmlns:html="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" name="Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT)">
<p:release projectid="birt" version="2.5 SR1"/>
<p:introduction><html:div><html:p>This document lays out the feature and API set for the next release of the Eclipse BIRT project after 2.5, designated as
BIRT 2.5 Service Release 1 (abbreviated as BIRT 2.5 SR1).</html:p>
<html:p>Plans do not materialize out of nowhere, nor are they entirely static. To ensure the planning process is transparent and open to the entire
Eclipse community, plans are posted in an embryonic form and then revised from time to time throughout the release cycle.</html:p>
<html:p>The first part of the plan deals with the important matters of release deliverables, release milestones, target operating environments, and
release-to-release compatibility. These are all things that need to be clear for any release, even if no features were to change.</html:p>
<html:p>The remainder of the plan consists of plan items for the projects under the Eclipse BIRT project. Each plan item covers a feature or API that
is to be added, or some aspect that is to be improved. Each plan item has its own entry in the Eclipse bugzilla database, with a title and a concise
summary(usually a single paragraph) that explains the work item at a suitably high enough level so that everyone can readily understand what the work item
is without having to understand the nitty-gritty detail.</html:p><html:p>Please send comments about this draft plan to the <html:a href="mailto:birt-dev@eclipse.org">BIRT Developer</html:a> mailing list.</html:p></html:div></p:introduction>
<p:release_deliverables>
<html:p>This release of BIRT will focus on providing the same downloads as BIRT 2.5.</html:p>
</p:release_deliverables>
<p:release_milestones>
<p:preamble>
<html:div><html:ul>
<html:li>Friday, September 25, 2009 BIRT 2.5 Service Release 1 available</html:li>
</html:ul>
<html:p>For information about new features assigned to each milestone please refer to the <html:a href="https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs">bugzilla
database</html:a>. The bugzilla database will be updated on an ongoing basis as the plan progresses.</html:p>
</html:div>
</p:preamble>
<p:milestone date="09/02/2009" milestone="RC2"/>
<p:milestone date="09/09/2009" milestone="RC3"/>
<p:milestone date="09/16/2009" milestone="RC4 / BIRT 2.5 SR1 Final"/>
<p:milestone date="09/25/2009" milestone="Gallileo SR1 GA"/>
</p:release_milestones>
<p:target_environments>
<html:p>In order to remain current, each release of an Eclipse project targets reasonably current versions of underlying operating environments and
other Eclipse projects on which it depends.</html:p>
<html:p>Most of Eclipse, and all of BIRT, is "pure" Java code and has no direct dependence on the underlying operating system. For BIRT, the chief
dependence is on the Eclipse Platform, Graphical Editor Framework (GEF), Modeling Framework (EMF), and on the Java 2 Platform that runs it. </html:p>
<html:p>The Eclipse BIRT 2.5 SR1 release depends on the following compatibility stacks:</html:p>
<html:p><html:b>BIRT 2.5 SR1 Reference Stack for JDK 1.5</html:b></html:p>
<html:ul>
<html:li>Java 2 platform Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.5</html:li>
<html:li>Eclipse Platform Runtime Binary 3.4</html:li>
<html:li>Graphical Editor Framework (GEF) Runtime 3.2</html:li>
<html:li>Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) 2.3</html:li>
<html:li>Data Tools Platform Project 1.6 (DTP)</html:li>
<html:li>Web Tools Project (WTP) 3.4</html:li>
</html:ul>
<html:p><html:b>BIRT 2.5 SR1 Reference Stack for JDK 1.6</html:b> (This is only a proposal and depends on whether various projects provide support for JDK 1.6)</html:p>
<html:ul>
<html:li>Java 2 platform Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.6 </html:li>
<html:li>Eclipse Platform Runtime Binary &lt;TBD&gt; </html:li>
<html:li>Graphical Editor Framework (GEF) Runtime &lt;TBD&gt; </html:li>
<html:li>Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) &lt;TBD&gt; </html:li>
<html:li>Data Tools Platform Project (DTP) &lt;TBD&gt; </html:li>
<html:li>Web Tools Project (WTP) &lt;TBD&gt;</html:li>
</html:ul>
<html:p>The Eclipse Platform and BIRT run in a variety of operating environments. Testing is focused on a handful of popular combinations
of operating system and Java 2 Platform; these are our reference platforms. Eclipse BIRT undoubtedly runs fine in many
operating environments beyond the reference platforms we test. However, since we do not systematically test them we cannot vouch for them. Problems encountered
when running Eclipse BIRT on non-reference platforms that cannot be recreated on any reference platform will be given lower priority than problems with
running Eclipse BIRT on a reference platform.</html:p>
<html:p>For BIRT 2.5 SR1, the project team plans to tests and validate the following reference platforms:</html:p>
<html:table style="width: 825px; height: 188px;" border="1">
<html:tbody>
<html:tr bgcolor="#cccccc">
<html:th colspan="4">
<html:div align="center"> <html:b><html:font size="+1">Eclipse BIRT Report Framework 2.5 SR1 and Eclipse BIRT RCP Report Designer 2.5 SR1
Reference Platforms</html:font></html:b></html:div>
</html:th>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205"><html:b>Operating system</html:b></html:td>
<html:td width="76"><html:b>Processor architecture</html:b></html:td>
<html:td width="59"><html:b>Window system</html:b></html:td>
<html:td width="453"><html:b>Java 2 Platform</html:b></html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows XP</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32</html:td>
<html:td>Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows XP</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32</html:td>
<html:td>IBM SDK 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows Server 2003</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32</html:td>
<html:td width="453">Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows Server 2003</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32</html:td>
<html:td width="453">IBM SDK 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td>Microsoft Windows Vista</html:td>
<html:td>Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td>Win32</html:td>
<html:td>Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0<html:br />
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4.0
</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">GTK</html:td>
<html:td width="453">Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
</html:tbody>
</html:table>
<html:br />
<html:table border="1">
<html:tbody>
<html:tr bgcolor="#cccccc">
<html:th colspan="4">
<html:div align="center"> <html:b><html:font size="+1">Eclipse BIRT Runtime 2.5 SR1 and Eclipse BIRT Charts 2.5 SR1 Reference Platforms</html:font></html:b></html:div>
</html:th>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205"><html:b>Operating system</html:b></html:td>
<html:td width="76"><html:b>Processor architecture</html:b></html:td>
<html:td width="59"><html:b>Window system</html:b></html:td>
<html:td width="453"><html:b>Java 2 Platform</html:b></html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows XP</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32*</html:td>
<html:td width="453">Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows XP</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32*</html:td>
<html:td width="453">IBM SDK 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows Server 2003</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32*</html:td>
<html:td width="453">Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Microsoft Windows Server 2003</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">Win32*</html:td>
<html:td width="453">IBM SDK 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td>Microsoft Windows Vista</html:td>
<html:td>Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td>Win32*</html:td>
<html:td>Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">GTK*</html:td>
<html:td width="453">Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="205">SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9</html:td>
<html:td width="76">Intel x86</html:td>
<html:td width="59">YaST*</html:td>
<html:td width="453">Sun Java 2 Standard Edition, version 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
</html:tbody>
</html:table>
<html:div>*Window system only required when displaying charts within SWT or SWING windows.</html:div><html:br />
<html:br />
<html:table border="1">
<html:tbody>
<html:tr bgcolor="#cccccc">
<html:th colspan="1">
<html:div align="center"> <html:b><html:font size="+1">BIRT Application Server Reference Platform</html:font></html:b></html:div>
</html:th>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">Apache Tomcat 5.0.x, 5.5.x</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">JBoss AS 5.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
</html:tbody>
</html:table>
<html:br />
<html:table border="1">
<html:tbody>
<html:tr bgcolor="#cccccc">
<html:th colspan="1">
<html:div align="center"> <html:b><html:font size="+1">BIRT JDBC Reference Platforms</html:font></html:b></html:div>
</html:th>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">MySQL Connector/J 3.x JDBC driver</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">Derby V10.1.2.1 JDBC driver</html:td>
</html:tr>
</html:tbody>
</html:table>
<html:br />
<html:table border="1">
<html:tbody>
<html:tr bgcolor="#cccccc">
<html:th colspan="1">
<html:div align="center"> <html:b><html:font size="+1">BIRT Browsers and Viewers Reference Platforms</html:font></html:b></html:div>
</html:th>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">Mozilla Firefox 2.0 </html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
<html:tr>
<html:td width="405">Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0, 8.0</html:td>
</html:tr>
</html:tbody>
</html:table>
<html:br />
<html:span style="font-weight: bold;"><html:a name="CommunityOperatingEnvironments" id="CommunityOperatingEnvironments">Community
Tested Operating Environments</html:a></html:span>
<html:p>Due to the finite resources available to the BIRT project, we would like to encourage the BIRT community to contribute to testing BIRT in
operating environments other than those listed as target operating environments for the 2.5 SR1 release of BIRT and to share this
information with the rest of the community. If you have been able to test BIRT in a non-targeted operating environment please take a few
minutes to update this <html:a href="http://wiki.eclipse.org/BIRT_Community_Tested_Operating_Environments_for_2.5">wiki
page</html:a> and report this information there. If you have encountered bugs during your testing, please report these in
bugzilla.</html:p>
<p:internationalization>
<html:div>
<html:p>Eclipse is designed as the basis for internationalized products. The user interface elements provided by the various Eclipse projects, including
dialogs and error messages, are externalized. The English strings for BIRT are provided as the default resource bundles. Translations are provided
with this release for French (fr_FR), German (de_DE), Spanish (es_ES), Japanese (ja_JP), Simplified Chinese (zh_CN), and Korean (ko_KR).</html:p>
</html:div>
</p:internationalization>
</p:target_environments>
<p:compatibility_with_previous_releases>
<html:div>
<html:p>BIRT 2.5 SR1 will be compatible with earlier versions of BIRT to the greatest extent possible. The nature and scope of some of the key plan items for
BIRT 2.5 SR1 are such that the only feasible solutions might break compatibility. In other regards, BIRT 2.5 SR1 will be compatible with 2.x and 1.x. We also
aim to minimize the effort required to port an existing plug-in to the 2.5 SR1 APIs.</html:p>
<html:b>Compatibility of Release 2.5 SR1 with Prior Releases</html:b>
<html:p>BIRT 2.5 SR1 will be compatible with prior releases of BIRT unless noted otherwise. The detailed compatibility statement is listed below.
In this statement, "BIRT" refers to all BIRT components: BIRT Report Framework, BIRT Runtime, and BIRT Chart SDK.</html:p>
<html:p><html:b>API Contract Compatibility:</html:b> BIRT 2.5 SR1 will be upwards contract-compatible with BIRT prior releases to the greatest
extent possible. All incompatibility exceptions will be documented.Downward contract compatibility is not supported. There is no guarantee that
compliance with BIRT 2.5 SR1 APIs will ensure compliance with prior BIRT release APIs. Refer to general Eclipse document on <html:a href="http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/Evolving_Java-based_APIs">Evolving
APIs</html:a> for a discussion of the kinds of API changes that maintain contract compatibility.</html:p>
<html:p>The BIRT Chart UI API 2.5 SR1 is compatible with the 2.x.x API's but not compatible with the v1.x APIs due to a full redesign of the
Chart UI in the BIRT 2.0 release.</html:p>
<html:p><html:b>Binary (plug-in) Compatibility:</html:b> The BIRT 2.5 SR1 plug-in framework will be upwards binary-compatible with prior BIRT release plug-ins to
the greatest extent possible. Downward plug-in compatibility is not supported. Plug-ins for BIRT 2.5 SR1 will not be usable in prior BIRT
releases. Extension plug-ins for prior BIRT releases will be upwards binary-compatible with BIRT 2.5 SR1.</html:p>
<html:p><html:b>Source Compatibility:</html:b> BIRT 2.5 SR1 will be upwards source-compatible with prior BIRT releases to the greatest
extent possible. This means that source files written to use prior BIRT release APIs will successfully compile and run against BIRT 2.5 SR1 APIs. Downward
source compatibility is not supported. If source files use new BIRT APIs, they will not be usable with an earlier version of BIRT.</html:p>
<html:p><html:b>Report Design Compatibility:</html:b>BIRT 2.5 SR1 will be upwards report design compatible with prior BIRT releases unless
noted otherwise. This means that reports created with prior BIRT releases can be successfully opened by BIRT 2.5 SR1 and upgraded to a 2.5 SR1 format.</html:p>
<html:p><html:b>Non-compliant usage of API's: </html:b> All non-API methods and classes, and certainly everything in a package with "internal" in its name, are
considered implementation details which may vary between operating environment and are subject to change without notice. Client plug-ins that directly depend
on anything other than what is specified in the BIRT API are inherently unsupportable and receive no guarantees about compatibility within a
single release much less with an earlier releases.</html:p>
</html:div>
</p:compatibility_with_previous_releases>
<p:themes_and_priorities>
<p:preamble>
<html:div>
<html:p>BIRT 2.5 SR1 is the first maintenance release in the BIRT 2.5 release series and is intended to be narrow in scope.
The 2.5 SR1 release is primarily focused on addressing critical bugs identified by the community. The <html:a href="https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/buglist.cgi?classification=BIRT&amp;product=BIRT&amp;target_milestone=2.5.1">list of defects</html:a> targeted for resolution in BIRT 2.5 SR1
can be found in the bugzilla database at <html:a href="https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs">https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs</html:a>.
</html:p>
</html:div>
</p:preamble>
</p:themes_and_priorities>
<p:appendix/>
</p:plan>