EclipseCon Tutorials

I’ve been in California for almost a whole day now, and I have yet to see a girl with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair…

I spent my morning today dropping into the various tutorials to see how folks were doing and helping out where I could. There’s a lot of cool stuff going on. I spent a few minutes working with some folks in the “Extending the Web Tools Platform” (part I) tutorial. It became clear to me that a lot folks really don’t get the Eclipse plug-in model and a real problem resolving some dependency issues. I think I helped out some of these folks; at least I hope I did.

I also stopped in and sat with some folks doing the “Designing Eclipse APIs” tutorial which uses an implementation of tutle graphics. I got there just as the real fun was starting; the tutorial asked that participants use the provided turtle graphics code to draw a house. In the process of trying, they came to realize that the assumptions they made as users differed from the assumptions of the developers. I hope that they understand the subtle brilliance of the exercise (I’ll have to check back later).

I dropped in a few other tutorials, and it seems that everybody is getting a lot of value out of them. I’m going to poke around some more after lunch.

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