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Europa Article

I forgot to mention an article I did on Europa was posted. I went around and asked committers from various projects what they thought their project offered for the Europa release. Let me tell you, getting quotes from every Europa project wasn’t easy. I don’t know if I will be able to handle it next year for Ganymede, at the current pace, Eclipse seems to be doubling the number of projects on release trains (in Callisto there was 10, in Europa there was 21).

Thanks to everyone who provided a quote! I owe you a beer at the next EclipseCon.

IRC and Europa

It’s that time again, my semi-annual lambasting of people to get on IRC. With the Europa release, getting on IRC should be easy as pie with ECF (heck, you don’t even need to leave Eclipse anymore to chat!). I tend to keep my IRC presence in a fast view so it’s easy to hide and bring up when I feel I need to chat or someone pings me. There are two main channels, #eclipse (for everyone) and #eclipse-dev (for committers).

For those who don’t “get IRC,” well, it’s the way it works in open-source. Open-source users these days expect to find help on IRC from open-source projects. Having a strong presence on IRC tends to be equated to having strong community outreach (when is the last time someone said something bad about Gentoo‘s community?) I would love to see more CDT and PDT people on IRC as there are a lot of questions that go unanswered in this area. It’s also a good opportunity to get to know your fellow committers.

In the end, I mean, even Wayne managed to get things working, and he doesn’t get IRC at all 😉

Europa Coming Along

This morning I had to setup an Eclipse installation to demo Europa for some new interns and I was elated to see that some of the projects are using the updated welcome framework feature.

I wasn’t too excited to see nothing from DTP, WTP, EMF, GEF :/

I think for next year’s release train, we should shoot to make it a requirement for people to add welcome content to help with initial usability.

The Welcome Framework and Europa

That zany UA team was at it again with a new feature for Eclipse 3.3 which I think Eclipse projects should take advantage of. The feature provides you a way to introduce your project to a user when the project is installed say via an update site. A good example of this is what I’ve done with ECF.

Basically when ECF gets installed, you get the welcome framework notifying you that a new “feature” has been installed by highlighting a relevant welcome entry. It would be nice if all projects part of the Europa release would do this (however, this now raises the question whether we need some coordination between projects to be more careful about the wording that goes on the welcome page). Mylar? CDT? TPTP? Who is in?

Also, notice that the ECF welcome entry is missing a beautiful icon. It would be great if someone in the community would donate some of their time and provide a welcome icon. That would be fantastic and I would owe that person a frosty beverage, please use this bug as a point of submission (if you want to create more icons, here’s another bug, you’ll save Russia from blindness if you do ;p).