A lot of sites around the internet reported a major milestone: the release of Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.0! They must have been informed by the press release on eclipse.org. This showed that these sites don’t check their sources: Eclipse WTP 1.0 is not out yet! They are still at RC5. The WTP team did a presentation on the Javapolis conference, and they explained the timeline moved a week or maybe two, but 1.0 final would hit the web by the end of this year. Apparently, someone at eclipse.org missed that change in planning, and all major news sites just copy-pasted the story!
I have been using WTP RC5 at home for a couple of days now, this version is a big improvement over previous releases! Most of the stuff actually seems to work now, and the performance improvements are pretty impressive. Eclipse WTP is getting a lot of flak being too slow, too buggy, and the project had a pretty rocky start. As a platform though the first succesful third-party plug-ins are beginning to show up: SpringIDE and Hibernate Tools are both pretty impressive tools, and are using the deep integration possibilities with the WTP XML editor. Seems like it’s going to be a Happy New Year for the Eclipse WTP team after all! 🙂
Update: WTP 1.0 is now available. RC5 was promoted to 1.0 final, there is no need to upgrade if you were already running that version.