Planet Eclipse

Yesterday I stumbled upon a pretty interesting google code project, the Google Visualization API.  The Google Visualization API enables you to expose your own data through a number of Visualization Widgets, which are made available as a service. Here is a screenshot from the geo map widget: [caption id="attachment_298" align="aligncenter" width="556" caption="Google Graph Widget"][/caption] This got me thinking: Is there place for "service widgets" in the Eclipse...

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Boris Bokowski and I are in charge of the UI and RCP track at EclipseCon 2009. It took forever to weed through all the submissions, but we eventually made some choices and I think we put together an excellent program. We have three tutorials: Building Commercial-Quality Eclipse Plugins RCP Mail 2.0: Commands, Common Navigator, and Data Binding Advanced Eclipse Rich Client Platform These tutorials should provide great coverage for...

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Every once in a while something just doesn't happen to be as intiutive as you would have liked it to be. Lately I was trying to contribute a simple command based toggle button to the workbench. Although it is simple to actually provide the menu contribution and to put the button in visual "toggle" mode, it was so straight forward to actually obtain the state...

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I just recieved my EclipseCon 2009 Registration confirmation. Here are my talks that were accepted: My workbench on your desktop? The Yoxos OnDemand free download configurator. Down with WAR. Server-side deployment with p2 EPP Wizard - The Future for Custom Eclipse Downloads I'm looking forward to meet you all there at the conference. Don't forget to vote for the committer shirt contest, book your Hotel and bring your power outlet adapters...

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This semester my wife gives a lecture in theoretical computer science at the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology). The current topic is decidability and therefor the students learn about the halting problem. The whole topic is rather dry and good examples for illustration are always welcome. One example I liked is the question whether a program is a virus or not. As a proof, you could...

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I used what little free time I had over the holidays to catch up on the recent developments in source control management systems, which have been quite interesting to follow. Especially the arrival of Distributed Version Control Systems has caused quite a buzz in the software development industry. Somehow Eclipse as a whole totally missed the SVN boat. Only in the last year has there been...

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