Friday, March 27, 2009

Thanks, EclipseCon '09

This was my first year at EclipseCon. It was great to put names to faces and mingle with the community.

Here are some things that I learned, in no particular order.

  • Choose Import-Package over Require-Bundle (I feel like I am a bit late to the game on that one, but appreciate being let in on the secret)
  • Someone is using RCP to monitor nuclear power plants in France.
  • Migrating a traditional enterprise application to OSGi is a hard problem.
  • I am running out of excuses not to use modeling tools.
  • I should scrap my homegrown explorer and use Common Navigator.
  • e4 is coming here. Start using it.

Aside from the technical learning, I felt the pulse of the community. And the message is this: contribute. Submit patches. Write bug reports. Participate in newsgroup discussions. Help wanted. I think this is a great message and frankly I'm overwhelmed by the number of areas that I want to contribute to. I think I need to submit a proposal to the wife to get more free time...

I liked the session voting. I wonder how we could make it paperless? Maybe touch your RFID badge to a +1/0/-1 monitor or something..

I hope I am able to come again next year.

What did you take away this year (aside from a fish)?


  1. Just an FYI on the paperless voting. We had an email voting system this year, it was identified in the program, and on all of the web site pages.

    The results of the voting are that 99% of the votes were paper, 1% were email. Sometimes, low tech wins.

  2. Ah, you're right, I should have made my comments clearer. I did see the email system advertised, but I think rather than low tech, it was the "shortest path" that won. Take the paper when you go in, leave the paper when you go out. I'm thinking something along those lines, but digital. As you walk out of the session, touch your badge to a screen by the door. This of course would require some additional hardware in place.. etc.

  3. Ben,

    Thanks for sharing these information!