I am happy to announce that the Call for Papers is out and submissions are open for EclipseCon Europe 2016 (October 25th – 27th). I invite the community, including all users and adopters to submit talks to contribute to a great program!
This EclipseCon is special to me, as I was given the great honor of chairing the program committee. It is our responsibility to select the best among great submissions – not an easy task. As a first step, we were formulating the call for papers, through which we describe the kind of content we would like to see submitted. I would like to share some insights and thoughts about the tracks we finally agreed upon.
First of all, as the new Java version is going to be released at the end of this year, we added a “Java 9” track. We previously had a track for Java 8 and it was impressive how much interesting content the community produced. The Eclipse ecosystem consists of leading Java experts and developers who even built compilers and tooling for the new language. Therefore, we expect EclipseCon to be a great place to learn about Java 9 and encourage you to submit.
Second, we have split the existing category “Eclipse Technology”. Last year, this category contained a lot of topics – from the IDE including tools such as EGit and Mylyn, to runtime technologies such as the Platform, Equinox and RAP. Addressing the great diversity of the Eclipse ecosystem, and based on a user survey, we have split the category into two: “Tools, IDE & DevOps” and “Eclipse Technology”. The first track is now explicitly about development tools and related topics, the second track will focus on runtime technologies including RCP and the Eclipse 4 Application Platform itself. Of course, there is always some overlap, but we thought it was time to reflect that Eclipse is much more than an IDE in the conference tracks.
Finally, we have extended the “Web and Cloud Development” track with “Operations”, reflecting this essential aspect of any cloud-based project.
If you submit before June 30, you have a chance to be an early selection and receive early, additional promotion for your talk and your technology story. So be sure to submit early. I am already looking forward to reading your submissions!