Author: Ian Bull

Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.  This advice can be applied to the art of writing software.  At a high-level software seems so easy, but when you start working on a project, truly understand the requirements and start writing code under a variety of constraints, the true nature of the beast reveals its ugly head. Throughout the past 6...

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Have you had the experience of creating an interesting application, exporting it, generating a p2 repository, connecting to your repository, and *BAM*, nothing there!  The reason this happens is because you likely didn't categorize your repository. Consider the following: I have created three fun games for Cell Phones: Tetris, Snakes and Pong.  Of course, to implement these I used eSWT, eRCP, ECF, GEF, EMF, OCL, BIRT...

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20 Eclipse projects were accepted this year for Google Summer of Code and you can see the complete list here: https://socghop.appspot.com/org/home/google/gsoc2009/eclipse Congratulations to all the students!!!  This year we had close to 100 proposals, and I'm happy to say that many of them were very, very  well thought out, it's too bad we could not accept more.  I encourage members of the Eclipse community to review the...

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As everyone should now know, the application process for Google Summer of Code is well underway.  Students are actively putting together their proposals and mentors are busy giving feedback and helping students solidify their ideas. For those of you who still don't know what the Google Summer of Code program is, it's a program put on by Google, in which students are given a stipend...

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This week should be "Go Time" for all students.  This is the week students from across the globe are submitting their applications for Google Summer of Code.   Students, you have until this Friday (April 3rd) to submit your application.  While you may think that's plenty of time, think again!!!  Some students have already begun submitting their applications, and mentors have already starting reviewing /...

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As I left EclipseCon I was a little surprised there wasn't the famous +1, -1, 0 buckets outside the Hyatt.  I wanted to cast my vote for the entire conference.  I had a great week and I learned a lot, although there were 2 things that disappointed me. First, I was not able to attend all the sessions I wanted too.  Maybe others have advice because...

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I have been working on one of the most requested Zest features, custom figures, and by EclipesCon it will be finished.  Now you are no longer stuck with those little blue rounded rectangles.  You can construct all sorts of custom figures, or even make use of an ImageFigure. [caption id="attachment_997" align="aligncenter" width="526" caption="Zest Custom Figure"][/caption] You can either do this by creating a CGraphNode, or in the...

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