Blog Posts

Wed, 2014-11-05 04:17

A Final word or two by Ralph Mueller

Ralph MuellerAs the conference chair I'm going to exercise executive privilege to have the final word (or two), which must be - Thank you. It was a great week thanks to the speakers, sponsors, participants, staff and performers and their commitment, creativity and energy. I hope you'll all join us again in 2015 to help build another great event.

Every year when we start planning, we ask ourselves what we'd like to bring back again to the conference. Something that makes an appearance every year is our sponsor's creativity in designing their exhibits. Here are some of the favorites from this year.

Tue, 2014-10-28 15:08

The IoT will be built on open source by Mike Milinkovich

Mike MilinkovichThe Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become the next wave of technology to fundamentally change how humanity works, plays, and interacts with their environment. It is expected to transform everything from manufacturing to care for the elderly. The internet itself has – in twenty short years – dramatically transformed society. This scale of change and progress is about to be repeated, in perhaps even larger and more rapid ways. New ventures will emerge, existing businesses will be disrupted, and everywhere the incumbents will be challenged with new technologies, processes, and insight.

Wed, 2014-10-15 11:29

Xtext, Xtend, JavaFX and Robots by Jan Koehnlein

Jan KoehnleinIt is autumn again and EclipseCon Europe 2014 is just around the corner. To me as an Eclipse committer from Germany ECE always feels a bit like meeting the family. In fact, I have been attending for seven years in a row now. I even remember the times when it was called Eclipse Summit Europe. Oh man, I am getting old…

As every year, my colleagues and me are contributing the program: I have counted 14 sessions by itemis and I am going to give three myself. Of course there is a lot about Xtext and Xtend, but also on other topics like Java performance or home automation. And itemis is sponsoring again.

Wed, 2014-10-15 11:13

Interview: Andy Stanford-Clark on IoT

Actuate recently published a two-part interview with Andy Stanford-Clark on IoT. Here's an excerpt:

Actuate got a chance to catch up with Stanford-Clark and chat about the Internet of Things and where developers should focus their efforts.

Actuate: First off, what’s your general overview of the Internet of Things, and what kind of impact that it is having on the businesses that you’re working with?

Wed, 2014-10-08 03:36

Clouds ahead: Platform-as-a-Service meets OSGi by Alexander Grzesik

Alexander GrzesikThree years ago, our team started out on an exciting voyage. Platform-as-a-Service technologies started to spring up everywhere and we had the vision to combine the flexibility and features of PaaS with the modularity that OSGi provides. We believe that the benefits of PaaS and OSGi is an excellent combination, which makes it easy to build quality applications.

Tue, 2014-10-07 04:07

A Floor Wax or a Dessert Topping? by Ed Merks

Ed MerksFor those as old as I am and as influenced by American culture as most Canadians certainly are, the question "Is it a floor wax or a dessert topping?" likely rings a bell. Unfortunately, because the internet aims to curb the exchange cultural media—I use the term "cultural media" loosely in this case—you likely can't watch the video via that Wikipedia link where you live, but there are alternatives, thanks to the wonders of Google search. How could modern society, and effective software developers, function without Google?  It makes a guy dizzy just to think about it!

I bring this floor wax verses dessert topping question up because EclipseCon is just around the corner.  Like a floor wax, it's a valuable utility, in this case for learning cool new things and for interacting with experts and other like-minded people. Yet like a dessert topping, it's fun, because of the social events, and fattening, because the food is so good. I'm certainly excited to attend yet another EclipseCon. Barring death or disease, I wouldn't miss it! I've been to every EclipseCon and Eclipse Summit, except one.

Mon, 2014-09-29 10:37

LTS: Supporting Our Customers for the Long Haul by Steve Francisco

Steve Fransisco

I've been working with Eclipse code in commercial applications at IBM for ten years now in various ways. In this time open source has developed many thriving business models.Sure that's a good thing, but when problems are discovered and fixes are expected, things can get interesting. Open source projects move forward quickly, and asking the community to look backwards to fix something that was completed many years ago can be challenging. That's why I'm excited to be part of the Eclipse Long Term Support (LTS) working group. 

Mon, 2014-09-22 03:52

Technique and Technology: Tracy Miranda on her ECE presentations

Tracy MirandaI'm really thrilled to be speaking at EclipseCon Europe this year, and in two very diverse areas. On the one hand there's the serious high-level project quality talk,  'Lean Design Critique: Optimize UX when Design Time is Limited', and on the other there's the cool, cutting-edge-technology and flashing-led talk  'Javascript for Things with Espruino and Orion'. That's one of the things that makes Eclipsecon so special, the diversity of topics and therefore developers that come together.