Coming up for air

I’ve been pretty quiet lately for a couple of reasons. I’ve been spending a great deal of time over the last two weeks preparing for Eclipse Forum Europe (EFE) this week. I arrived in Germany a little earlier today; with my presentations pretty much good-to-go and all domestic responsibilities deferred for a week, I finally have a little time to return to the surface.

I’m delivering two talks at EFE, both on Wednesday. The first, “Test First Development Using Eclipse” is a completely new talk that discusses (oddly enough) test first development using JUnit in Eclipse. I start off with some pretty simple Java examples (similar to what I do in a screencam I recorded last year), move quickly into plug-in testing, and then dive into some J2EE testing. All with a test first methodology (that is, tests are written before the code being tested).

The second talk is titled “Anatomy an Eclipse RCP Application“. This talk is an evolution of a webinar—with the same title—that I delivered a few months ago. For the webinar, I had intended to do live code walkthroughs, but was halted by technology limitations. I’m going with the original plan this time through. I’m trying something new with this talk: I’m defining tasks in Mylar that contain relevant code artifacts for each aspect of the walkthrough. Essentially, for each concept I want to talk about, I only have to activate the relevant task and only the bits of code that implement that concept will be visible in the package explorer. Mylar is so very cool.

I’m hoping to try something else that’s a little new (at least for me). I’m going to record my talks as screen cam demos. If it works out, I’ll post the demos on Eclipse Live.

I’m also hosting a Eclipse Code Camp on Wednesday evening, and will be representing (at least informally) Eclipse at the W-JAX Ballroom.

I’ll be wandering around the conference and exhibit floor on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please feel free to stop me to discuss any aspects of Eclipse that interest you. Also, if you’d like to participate in a podcast with me, please let me know (either by comments to this blog entry or via email: wayne{at}eclipse{dot}org).

correction: Thanks Wassim for noticing that I had previously specified my e-mail address incorrectly. Yikes!

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8 Responses to Coming up for air

  1. Chris Aniszczyk (zx) says:

    I fly out tomorrow morning, I’m sure I’ll run into you :)How’s the weather :)?

  2. Wayne says:

    Warm, but not too warm. A little climate control in the hotel room would be nice…

  3. Wassim Melhem says:

    I think the domain name specified in your email address in wrong.

  4. jaaron says:

    Hello Wayne,As for Eclipse TDD, I did a series of presentations for Siemens and the Pittsburgh JUG on Presenter First — a test driven approach to GUI development. My work was specifically aimed at Eclipse plugin development. You can find details here and here. Let me know if you’d like more information.

  5. Toufik says:

    Hi Wayne.Thank you for your article.I would like to know if there are articles that try to compare between : Eclipse, NetBeans and Jedit.Thanx in advance.Kind regards, email is

  6. Toufik says:

    I found this comparison of Eclipse, IDEA and NetBeans interesting.

  7. Wayne says:

    It seems out of date to me. It also seems to be biased toward IDEA. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to find truly unbiased comparisons since anybody who is really qualified to do the comparison is a heavy user of one of them and will therefore be biased. I know that I could not write an unbiased comparison…

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