just renewed my Friends-of-Eclipse donation – couldnt believe that another year has gone.
the last months I contributed more bugzilla -entries and -comments then ever before while testing Eclipse 3.5 Galileo:
- OSX Cocoa Port
- Eclipse Riena (now part of Galileo)
- PDE – esp. Target Platform
- Equinox – esp. Declarative Services
Sometimes I was asked “ekke, why are you spending so much time to test Eclipse Milestones and report bugs ?”
Yes, sometimes its hard to do this as a Freelancer, but for me its worth to spend the time:
Without Eclipse and all the Open Source Communities around the Eclipse projects I couldn’t do my work as Software Architect and Developer of OSGI Enterprise Business Applications.
The first years I used Eclipse mainly as an IDE, then some RCP development and of course to do MDSD (Eclipse Modeling Project – oAW) – but now its also the platform of my business applications:
- Equinox as OSGI framework
- Riena on client site and server site
Because I’m using so much Open Source Tools and Frameworks there will be also be some contributions to Open Source:
- redView (Riena EMF Dynamic Views for business applications)
- open-erp-ware (some core parts of my ERP framework)
All the work to test Eclipse Galileo caused a short delay to redView, but it will be published (EPL) this month – open-erp-ware will come in the summer.
as a summary: it was a hard year, but with much progress and I have to thank all the teams answering my questions and fixing bugs I ran into.
Lets start a great new year with Eclipse Galileo. My next steps are some blog-series around PDE Target Platform, Equinox Enterprise Applications, Logging and also testing openArchitectureWare as part of Eclipse Modeling Project while moving my large project from org.openarchitectureware to org.eclipse.