- Eclipse 4 BOF: Just imagine yourself going to a gym like X-Sport Fitness, which offers free access to Internet machines (like the one I'm now using,) and while you're doing your regular blogging after exercise, you suddenly get a flash of insight and discover the solution to a problem that have been nagging you for a while in a software project! Wouldn't it be great if you could use one of those Internet machines to log into your code repository, open some source code in a cool flashy Ajax color-coded editor, and start cranking away at the solution? That is exactly what the Eclipse 4 prototype demo we saw was all about: a web version of Eclipse that you can setup on a web server so that you can edit your source files remotely from wherever you are without needing to use a VPN connection or a pre-setup laptop. Genius!
- User-interface and Usability BOF: It started with complaints about RCP not offering enough freedom in customizing user-interfaces. After some discussion, the conclusion was that while you can customize the RCP look if you really work hard at it, it would be nicer if there were easier ways to customize the RCP look and more documentation on the Presentation API. Next, someone mentioned an issue with bringing attention to data changes when there is so much data that not all of it fits on the screen. Several solutions were proposed, which I won't go over here. The issue with Eclipse being overwhelmingly difficult to use for beginners was raised, with a mention of the Guild project for students (simpler Eclipse) and the possiblity of reviving its ideas for Eclipse 3.3. Finally, the BOF was concluded with a contrast of Views and Editors, with some people wanting to eliminate the difference, and Kevin McGuire emphasizing the reasons for the differences, such as ensuring that contributions yield a consistent UI, and not a mish-mash of different UI paradigms.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
So, I attended two BOFs last Wednesday night at EclipseCon: