“Wir werden e4 in Helios wiedersehen”, Part Seven

I’m lumping the last two questions about Galileo from my interview in Eclipse Magazin into this final part seven of the series.

7. Galileo is over now and the next release cycle is waiting – there is even already a name for it: “Helios”! On the other hand people always are talking about Eclipse e4 as the next generation of the Eclipse Platform. Will there be two Eclipse Releases in 2010: Helios and the beta-Version of e4?

The Eclipse Platform, version 3.5, is just one of the many projects that are part of the release train. It’s true that, as the base upon which many of the other participating projects build, they are a very important part of the release train, but they are just part of it. The release train also includes EMF 2.5, CDT 6.0, DLTK 1.0, Mylyn 3.2, and more. It’s because all the participating projects have different version numbers, that we decided to name rather than number the release train. Galileo isn’t Eclipse 3.5; Galileo includes Eclipse 3.5. “Galileo” is the version name of the combined release. Having said all that, I anticipate having both the Eclipse Platform and the e4 project participate in Helios in 2010.

I believe that that last sentence was the catalyst for the title of the article. My understanding of e4 has evolved since I wrote the article. Based on McQ’s blog post, I better understand e4 as the incubator of ideas that it was meant to me and that, ultimately, what we eventually brand as “Eclipse 4.0” will come out of the Platform project. Given this evolved understanding of the nature of the project, I’m not sure whether it will participate directly in Helios. Though, I am absolutely certain that some of the great ideas being bounced around in e4 will be.

8. And Finally: Why didn’t you chose another Jupiter Moon for the name of Eclipse 3.6?

Sorry to labour this point, but Eclipse 3.6 will be a part of Helios: just one of the many participating projects.

Galileo isn’t a name given to any of the moons of Jupiter either. Callisto, Europa, and Ganymede are, along with Io, collectively knows as the “Galilean Moons”: the moons discovered by Galileo Galilei. So, in fact, we broke with the naming convention with this latest release. I’m glad that we decided to skip “Io”, as the thought of having to explain what “Eclipse Io” means was keeping me awake at night. Depending on who is counting, there are only 63 or 64 moons around Jupiter. We changed the naming scheme because we were concerned that we were going to run out of names long before we ran out of steam on the release train…

See part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part six of this series.

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