Archive For February, 2008

6 articles

Board Elections: I did not have inappropriate…

By Doug Gaff …relations with that IP process. The common theme on planet eclipse about this year's board elections is how good the candidates are. This is not some Obama-like attempt (go Obama!) to rise above politics-as-usual. It's actually true, and it reflects the increased leadership diversity in the Eclipse community. On the downside, it makes it harder to get…

Active Driver Assistance

By Paul Parkinson I recently received a brochure for the new Audi A4 which has its UK launch on 23rd February, so I guess Audi must think it's time for me to trade in my A3, which had its 120,000 mile (190,000 km) service last week. Flicking through the brochure, I noticed a number of new technologies being introduced on…

YABC

By Doug Gaff I am "Yet Another Board Candidate" for Eclipse Committee Board Representative. Apparently Ed thinks there's not enough controversy around the nominations. OK, here goes: I think Eclipse is struggling from a crisis of identity, spurred by enormous growth in contributions, membership, and the ecosystem. Some resulting questions: Do we really care about competing with NetBeans? (I don't.)…

We don’t need another Java dialect. What we need is expertise.

By Franco Gasperoni, AdaCore A group of experts is investigating the creation of a Java variant for safety-critical systems that can undergo DO-178B certification. This ongoing effort finds its roots in the work on the real-time specification for Java that started in December 1998. The question is: What problem does this effort try to solve? The answer is not technology.…

Managing Software Obsolescence

By Paul Parkinson Yesterday, I attended the Component Obsolescence Group (COG) quarterly meeting, which was held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.  I was standing in for my colleague Alex Wilson, who wasn't able to attend, and I gave his presentation 'Managing Software Obsolescence through Standards.' The presentation was about how open standards and software abstraction can provide isolation from…

EclipseCon Schedules

By Doug Gaff I don't know what's more difficult, trying to find good keynote speakers or scheduling 300+ talks in a coherent fashion over 4 days. The EclipseCon schedule is now (mostly) complete, excluding a few expected last-minute changes. Every year at EclipseCon, I've heard the following from at least one person: "The scheduled sucked. There were too many good…