2007-02-06

Eclipse Pluginfest, Jfokus and speaking

It has gone two weeks now since the Eclipse Pluginfest in London. Time flies! There are some imagery from the event on the event Wiki.
I had an ambition to do some kind of reporting from the venue. But, we where very tied up in the exciting activities going on, and Adrian Taylor of Macrobug covered the event well. So check out his posts for day one and two. As the plug-in suite we brought with us to the fest are internal to my customer, so I cannot reveal to much of what went on regarding those. But, I can mention some intersting findings like the integration with IBM Rational Software Developer; it took some time to install (45 mins, a large number of plug-ins in our Eclipse 3.2 installation required to be updated) but proved to be an intersting tool. It does however resemble Borland's Together Architect, including model - code synchronisation. We will scrutinize this tool a bit further. It might be a candidate for replacing Together Architect ...

Further, there was a number of other interesting tools and prodcuts tried out together. We took a peek at the tool provided by Macrobug and some pre-view stuff from Symbian. All looks promising. The project manager for CDT, Dough Schaffer, told us about what is in the pipe. Another Doug, Doug Gaff from WindRiver, had an update on DSDP, Device Software Development Platform, and Mobile Tools for Java, MTJ. Two projects to keep a close eye on.

Last week the first Java conference in the Stockholm area took off; Jfokus. It is a joint "venture", sponserd, by Ciber, Sun Microsystems, SICS, IBS, JayWay, et. al. It has, had, four tracks and telling from the interest this might be increased next time. Speaking of interest, when the number of attendees rose past what the booked rooms could handle they had to close the registration site. The goal was to reach circa 300 attendees, when the registration site closed the number had reached 470!

Anyhow, I was asked early on if I could say something about OSGi, a technology I have been working with daily for some time now. The problem faced was a bit complicated; how much "introduction" should there be? Some people just wants to know what it is, whereas others would like to know how to employ it effieciently. Well, I kept to an introductory talk this time and time permitting there could be a quick demo. It turned out that most people probably knew quite a lot about OSGi, most of them probably knows far more about it than myself, and would have liked to see more practical stuff. And the demo? I had to fire up Eclipse as I hadn't planned for it. So there was a looooong delay before it came up (I am talking to my boss regarding a new laptop!). Did basically a reduced version of what me and Anders showed at JavaForum last year.

Lesson learned; fire up the IDE in the background just in case. If that eats to much memory - nag your boss once again. Also, we've probably had enough intros to OSGi now, next time there will something more practical with more code! The technology has really taken off lately, more and more people know about it today.

Another lesson, and a good one for that matter, is that prior to my little presentation I took some voice lessons. It has helped alot! A former collegue approached me after the presentation and informed me that I was very clear(!). That was great news! Seemingly my practicing has had some effect. Taking these lesson is quite fun as there has been a great deal of progress now when I in the beginning of the process. Also, I do realise that there is much much more that needs to be done in this area. So I am looking forward to more sessions of learning how to get in control of my voice ... Well, maybe someday I will be able to speak properly ...
I can reveal who is helping me with this; it is a very taleneted singer, soprano and artist. She has an alternate site also.

1 comment:

Siren Emily said...

Hi Robert -- I am thrilled that I made it into your blog -- and at such a popular conference at that. I used to know some Java and C++ but it's all gone now. I did make an HTML webpage as well, but now all I can do it sing ;) I'm now going to look for blog entries about Bee Keeping. //Emily