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Eclipse Web Tools Platform: Developing Java™ Web Applications by Arthur Ryman, Lawrence Mandel, Naci Dai

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Chapter 2About the Eclipse Web Tools Platform Project

WTP Is Born

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

—George Santayana

If you are just interested in developing Web applications, feel free to skip this section. However, if you’re mildly curious about how Open Source projects get created, or you’re wondering why software vendors think it’s a great idea to give away millions of dollars worth of tools, read on.

WTP formally began life in the spring of 2003 as a proposal from IBM to Eclipse.org. At that time IBM was working on the Eclipse-based WebSphere Studio product family and had already shipped several releases of it. IBM proposed to contribute a core set of plug-ins from WebSphere Studio Application Developer. The ...

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