Ian Bull

Ian is an Eclipse committer and the Principal Architect for Yoxos Enterprise. Ian co-leads the Eclipse p2 project, serves on the Eclipse RT PMC, the Eclipse Planning Council and the Eclipse Architecture Council. His interests include software architecture, component oriented design, release engineering, human-computer interaction and just about everything related to software engineering. Ian holds a Bachelor and Master's degree from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of Victoria.

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Sep 2nd, 2015

Styling the collection view in Tabris.js


One of the most common mobile views for displaying information is the collection view. The collection view is a scrollable list often used for presenting data as a series of rows and has been part of Tabris.js since the beginning. Previously Tabris.js required that all rows be styled the same, but with Tabris.js 1.1 you can [...]

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Sep 2nd, 2015

Calling native V8 JavaScript functions from Java

J2V8 is a set of Java bindings for V8. J2V8 brings the V8 API to Java developers. We developed J2V8 to help with the performance of Tabris.js, our cross-platform, mobile development toolkit. A common J2V8 question is, how can I call native JavaScript functions from Java? For example, how can you invoke JSON.stringify() on a V8Object [...]

Jul 8th, 2015

Announcing J2V8 3.0


Last month I spent 10 days in Germany. I spent time at the EclipseSource headquarters in Karlsruhe, where I enjoyed schnitzel, good beer and a few strange sights. I also attended EnterJS, where we brought an iPhone attached to a punching bag to show just how responsive Tabris.js is. While at EnterJS, I presented J2V8 and released [...]

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Jul 8th, 2015

Top 10 Eclipse Mars Features

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Eclipse Mars is here! Over the past 10 days I’ve been counting down the Top 10 Eclipse Mars features I’m most excited about. 10. Mac Application Layout 9. Platform Improvements 8. UI Monitoring 7. C/C++ Launching 6. e4 Tools 5. JDT Improvements 4. Docker Tools 3. Git Flow in Eclipse 2. Eclipse Automatic Error Reporting [...]

Jun 24th, 2015

Error Reporting, Top Eclipse Mars Feature #2


By this time tomorrow, Eclipse Mars will have shipped. We will be enjoying many of the new features including improved Git support, docker tools, and a number of Java tool enhancements. But before Eclipse Mars ships, I still have two more entries in my Eclipse Mars 10 Top Features list. Number 2 on my list the [...]

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Jun 22nd, 2015

Git Flow, Top Eclipse Mars Feature #3


After 12 months of work, almost 80 projects, 380 committers, 352 contributors, and 65 million lines of code, we’ve finally arrived at Eclipse release week. Eclipse will ship on Wednesday June 24th, and that means we’ve arrived at the Top 3 Features in my annual Eclipse Top 10 List. Eclipse has shipped with Git support since 2011. [...]

Jun 24th, 2015

Docker Tools, Top Eclipse Mars Feature #4

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Eclipse Mars is just around the corner. As the Eclipse team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on everything, I’m traveling Europe, presenting about Tabris.js and J2V8 and counting down the Top 10 Eclipse Mars features I’m most excited about. Throughout my day I work on several different projects. I’m responsible for Eclipse [...]

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Jun 24th, 2015

JDT Improvements, Top Eclipse Mars Feature #5

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Eclipse Mars will ship on Wednesday June 24th. While Eclipse can be used for C, C++, JavaScript, PHP and many other languages, many people still consider Eclipse a Java IDE, and a pretty darn good one too. As we inch closer to the release, and I continue my countdown of the Top 10 Eclipse Mars features, [...]

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Jun 17th, 2015

e4 Tools, Top Eclipse Mars Feature #6

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Eclipse Mars ships in 1 week, and that means that we are at the half-way point in my Eclipse Mars Top 10 List. Number 6 on my list is a feature that’s been in development for a while now and long overdue. In 2012 Eclipse launched a new application model called e4. The application can [...]

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