Last week, Jeff McAffer and I had the honor to attend the Eclipse Vienna DemoCamp hosted at the beautiful TU Vienna campus.
There were about 80 people that showed up and many interesting talks were given. Instead of going through all of them, I’ll highlight some of the ones I personally enjoyed. The day started with Werner Keil giving a talk about the Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (STEM) project at Eclipse. STEM is a tool designed to help scientists and public health officials create and use spatial and temporal models of emerging infectious diseases. These models can aid in understanding and potentially preventing the spread of such diseases. The STEM project should serve as a reminder that Eclipse is entering new verticals and isn’t just an IDE.
Tom did a great job explaining why e4 exists, why EMF and how people can get involved. In his demo, Tom was self-hosting the workbench using CDO. Since the workbench model is now based on EMF, there’s a lot of interesting technologies to take advantage of in the Eclipse Modeling space. Another talk that intrigued me was by Christoph Mayerhofer who spoke about ReviewClipse.
ReviewClipse is an integrated code review tool, that helps developers to review the source code continuously. From my point of view, this project is awesome and direly needed at Eclipse. If we had first class code review support at Eclipse and had it integrated with Mylyn… my life would be much simpler. At the moment, ReviewClipse only integrates with SVN, but future connectors are planned. The authors of the tool are looking for an open source license and I highly recommend they choose the Eclipse Public License (EPL) and move the code to Eclipse where more people would be exposed to the terrific tool. If you think this is a good idea too, please email the project.
After that, I enjoyed more talks from the Viennese Eclipse community.
Jeff McAffer and I also gave a talk introducing people to EclipseRT and Toast. It seems people are understanding what EclipseRT is really about now that we have a great example of the power of the technology via Toast. A decent example can speak volumes to potential adopters of your technology.
In the end, I’m amazed to see how strong the Austrian Eclipse community is and only see great things in terms of community growth. And finally, special thanks to Michael Clay and Peter Kofler for organizing the event and allowing us to speak.