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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Feb 27th, 2015

Announcing J2V8 2.0

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Last year I announced J2V8, a new JavaScript engine for Java that wraps V8 with a set of Java Bindings. We have been using this technology to power Tabris.js on Android — giving us much better performance than Rhino could. While J2V8 was very stable, it wasn’t very easy to consume. Today I’m happy to [...]

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Feb 9th, 2015

Looking for help with a Hackathon at EclipseCon 2015


If you are an Eclipse committer and planning on attending EclipseCon 2015, we need your help! We are organizing a hackathon to be held during EclipseCon. The goal of the hackathon is to help new contributors make their first commit to an Eclipse project. It’s a great way to help grow your community and bring [...]

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Feb 10th, 2015

Mobile App Development in JavaScript — Three Minute Tutorial


If you have three minutes and access to an iOS or Android device, you can develop your first cross platform, native, mobile application with JavaScript, using Tabris.js. 1. Request an invite to Tabris.js Ok, this might take a few minutes, but if you request an invite and ping me on twitter to let me know, I’ll [...]

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Jan 13th, 2015

Highly Efficient Java & JavaScript Integration

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Over the past 4 months I’ve been working on integrating Java and JavaScript in a highly efficient manner. Rhino and Nashorn are two common JavaScript runtimes, but these did not meet our requirements in a number of areas: Neither support ‘Primitives‘. All interactions with these platforms require wrapper classes such as Integer, Double or Boolean. [...]

Nov 14th, 2014

EclipseCon 2015 — Final Call For Submissions


The EclipseCon 2015 submission deadline is Monday November 17th. Of course we are looking for great Eclipse / OSGi / RCP content, but we are also looking for talks on really cool Java technologies, Cloud Development, Languages and Tools, Modeling or anything else you think the Eclipse community would be interested in. EclipseCon is being [...]

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Jul 1st, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday Yoxos


On Saturday June 28th Yoxos celebrated a pretty big anniversary, Yoxos turned 10! Yoxos is the original Eclipse ‘distribution’, born with Eclipse 3.0 in 2004. Yoxos originally brought a variety of Eclipse plugins together and shipped them on a single CD. Below is the first Yoxos print ad, which appeared in November 2004. An early ISO [...]

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Jun 25th, 2014

Java 8 Support, Top Eclipse Luna Feature

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Eclipse Luna release day is here! As predictable as the sun rising in the east, Eclipse has shipped yet another quality release on-time. Over the past ten days I’ve been counting down the Top 10 Eclipse Luna Features that I’m most excited about. Number 1 should be no surprise to the Java developers out there. [...]

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Jun 25th, 2014

Top 10 Eclipse Luna Features


Eclipse Luna is here! 10 years after the first Eclipse annual summer release shipped, the Eclipse team is still shipping quality software on-time and on-budget. Eclipse Luna contains 76 different Eclipse projects and over 10 million lines of new code was contributed this year. You can download it from Eclipse.org or from our high speed [...]

Jun 24th, 2014

Split Editors, Top Eclipse Luna Feature #2

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Eclipse Luna ships tomorrow and that means we’ve made it to number 2 on the Eclipse Luna Top 10 Features That I’m Excited About. Number 2 is a feature enhancement that was first requested in 2002. Over 200 people voted for this enhancement and 181 comments have been posted on Bugzilla! The bug even celebrated a 10 [...]