We have been asked this question a number of times since the inception of the WTP project. Our response is simple. WTP is one of many sources for features MyEclipse will continue to integrate into the Enterprise Workbench in our continued effort to provide the most comprehensive J2EE IDE on the market. We don't view WTP as a competitor to MyEclipse. Rather, we have been involved in the project since its inception and continue to contribute design recommendations and bug fixes. After all, what is best for WTP is best for MyEclipse users.
As for drawing a clearer distinction between MyEclipse and WTP:
1. The intent of the WTP was never to provide a viable commercial quality solution for J2EE developers. Rather, "to build a generic, extensible and standards-based tool platform upon which software providers can create specialized, differentiated offerings for J2EE and Web-centric application development
". That is where MyEclipse come in. Today, MyEclipse bridges a much needed gap for J2EE developers, and provides much of the foundations planned for the WTP project. That is a great deal of work we would rather the Eclipse platform continues to offer, and allow MyEclipse to provide high productivity visual tools, advanced features and wizards to simplify and streamline development.
2. The charter and scope for the WTP project is limited to the J2EE specifications. Such charter contains WTP at the foundation, plumbing and standards level, "to provide a common foundation of frameworks and services for tooling products
". MyEclipse already uses the Webtools framework and foundations. We also add considerable number of features that are completely outside the WTP scope. It is these capabilities that draws nearly 90,000 members from 130 countries to MyEclipse. We will continue adding scope and features indefinitely.
3. When using and buying software, companies value predictability and support. MyEclipse has averaged 6-8 weeks between releases since its inception. We also offer what many of our customers consider the best support in industry. Both trends will continue to be the standards for MyEclipse.
4. MyEclipse is "Almost Free" at $30 and already rivals many of the Tier I IDEs at $1000-3000 per user. The first Integrated Development Environment (IDE) roundup for 2005
scored the combination of Eclipse and MyEclipse significantly higher than Borland JBuilder 2005, IBM WebSphere Studio Application Developer 5.1.2 (WSAD), Netbeans 4.0, Eclipse 3.0.1 and MyEclipse, and Sunís Studio Creator 4.26. This roundup didn't include the WTP.
As for adding features such as webservices and wizards, MyEclipse is a customer driven project. Our latest feature survey
prioritized development effort for the next two releases. The next release will provide the following major features:
1. Visual JSP Designer
2. UML Modeling
3. Spring Support with Hibernate integration
4. Visual Hibernate mapping
The following release will include:
1. JSF Flow Editor
2. Visual JSF designer
3. Integarted Web Services
President, Genuitec LLC