Although I had to leave the conference early I still want to report my personal thoughts on EclipseCon Europe.
Wednesday started with a keynote about Pinterest and with the feeling in my head that the yesterday night lasted a bit longer than it should have been:) After the first keynote this one was a bit humping. It was all about how they implemented a small website and how they tried a bunch of technology to serve more and more people. Would have been nice if we could learn more about a technology than their names.
During a day there were two presentation about Java 8. Wow! Now it looks like Java is back on track! From all the new things I like the lambda expressions the most because it will greatly reduce the verbosity of the code. Also the typed annotations are pretty neat, finally it will be possible to write sophisticated annotation-based libraries. And it is good to know that even though the Java 8 will be released, the JDT integration is feature complete and ready to test. Ultimately a language without an IDE is just a playground for hardcore people.
OK I can’t finish this blog post without mentioning Lars Vogel. I think he was the one who helped me out most often with his tutorials when I had troubles with Eclipse. Even though the topic of how to contribute into Eclipse was easy, it was awesome to see him live.
Bonus: flickr feed from the event: http://www.flickr.com//groups/ece2013/pool/show/
In the morning we had a nice workshop about the Eclipse E4 platform by Jonas Helming. He explained in details how the new way of implementing RCP application should look like. The concept of dependency injection and application model is really nice, although there is one fatal flaw: this new API can’t be used to develop Eclipse plugins until the Luna distribution will be released. Anyway this was a fine tutorial to understand the basic concepts of E4.
After the workshop and a nice lunch we had the keynote by Bran Fitzpatrick (from Google). He explained how humbleness and generousness can help eliminating the human factor from software engineering. Ok, it is not easy to sum up a keynote within one sentence but I think here “Don’t be a jerk!” can apply.
In the afternoon we took the talk about how can be the development under Eclipse fun again. It was really a mixed bag. The guys showed a lot of bad examples, like the ihateeclipse.com or the lack of the syntax highlight for the unknown java code. On the plus side they proposed a set of preferences and plugins which already make Eclipse better. On top of that a working group was announced to sort out the small but annoying issues from the UI.
The programmers finished with a rather casual meeting with my former supervisor, Istvan Rath. He showed us their new achievement in IncQuery what they are going to show on their presentation on Thursday.
Overall this day was a good start for the conference; I am looking forward for day two.
And now the two of us promote CERN 🙂
Again I had the chance to participate in this conference. Just like last time in France, the presentation abstracts look wonderful. Also we have lot of other things to do, poster session, vendor exhibition etc. Also we are going to give the presentation about CERN and Eclipse. Let’s get started!