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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Nov 9th, 2015

Run Your Project Like It’s An OpenSource Project


October 2015 marked my 7th anniversary with EclipseSource. For seven years I’ve been working remotely for an amazing company! For those of you who don’t know me, I live and work in Victoria British Columbia (Canada), an 18 hour trip — across 9 time zones — to the EclipseSource headquarters in Karlsruhe (Germany), where most of my team works. Obviously [...]

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Nov 6th, 2015

Referencing C++ Objects From Java

J2V8 enables developers to embed Google’s V8 JavaScript engine in their Java applications. V8 is entirely implemented in C++ and we enable this embedding by creating a thin JNI (Java Native Interface) layer which exposes the V8 API to Java. The very first problem we faced while implementing this was how do you reference C++ objects from Java? This [...]

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Nov 6th, 2015

Shipping J2V8 as an AAR

We built J2V8 to bring highly performant JavaScript to Java in general, and to the Android platform in particular. By exposing Google’s V8 JavaScript API in Java, developers can now embed V8 into their Java applications on Windows, Linux, MacOS and Android. The approach has worked very well both for Tabris.js as well as many other consumers [...]

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Oct 29th, 2015

Sideloading Apps on Windows 10 Devices


Like many other operating system vendors, Microsoft provides a store from which users can install apps from. Stores such as the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Windows Store make it very easy for users to discover and install content. Like traditional marketplaces, app stores provide a number of advantages to both consumers and producers, but also like traditional marketplaces, the rules [...]

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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