Eclipse DemoCamps are a wonderful format to learn the hottest new stuff from all the bandwidth of Eclipse projects: Core IDE, IoT, Smart Home, Modeling, JakartaEE, MicroProfile, Tools and so on. It is also a great way to get in touch with creators, committers, influencers and users of these technologies.
For this DemoCamp season I am promoting the Eclipse Platform Project and thus the Eclipse Photon IDE. Eclipse Photon comes with a plethora of new features and improvements which are hard to compress into a DemoCamp format. Usually presentations in DemoCamps are just 20 minutes. Attendees should get an overview of multiple projects and interesting stuff with a wide range of topics. And since DemoCamps are in the evenings, attendees want to get entertained and not bored by long talks. The focus is on real demos, live coding and networking. I love to do that.
My talk is named “Approaching Light Speed – News from the Eclipse Photon Platform“. I have given this talk already at EclipseCon France, at the DemoCamps in Zurich and Darmstadt, and internally at our itemis headquater before our yearly company wide party called itemis SummerCon. I have prepared quite a bunch of stuff to talk about. But different then usually, I do not perform live coding, but show coding with small screencasts in my presentation. For this talk I would have to switch too many between different code and workspaces, and comparisons to the previous version Eclipse Oxygen would make this even worse. It is just too confusing if I would switch so often. And would take much longer so I could present not that much.
At EclipseCon France I had 35 minutes for the talk, and even for that I had strip down the material I already had. The new supported Java versions 9 and 10 in JDT I could just scratch at surface level, although this is one of the real major things in Eclipse Photon. But platform improvements are that much that JDT has to be put into background. For a DemoCamp talk in 20 minutes challenges become bigger. However, in Zurich and Darmstadt I had only those 20 minutes and I thing I managed to give a smooth and interesting presentation. The attendees I spoke afterwards were impressed from all the great stuff that comes with the Eclipse Photon IDE and made them hungry to finally get Photon and use it for their work. Last week on June 27th it was finally time for the great release!
My next stop is now the DemoCamp in Eindhoven this Wednesday on July 4th 2018. This DemoCamp will be held at the office from Altran and is organized by my former colleague Niko Stotz. This will be the first Eclipse DemoCamp held in Eindhoven, and maybe the first in the Netherlands (I don’t remember if one was already in the Netherlands so far). I am interested how engaged the developer community in and around Eindhoven is and hope for Niko that many interested people are making their way to the event!
My colleague and friend Holger Schill will present the new and noteworthy features of the new Xtext 2.14 release that ships with Eclipse Photon. Last week we showed this in the webinar “Eclipse Photon Series: What’s New in the Eclipse Xtext 2.14?“, which got recored on YouTube. If you want the information given there in 60 minutes condensed, make sure to visit the DemoCamp! Further you will see the wonderful Mélanie Bats. She will present all the new features in Eclipse Sirius 6. Besides all the news from the modeling technologies Marc Hamilton is showing how they use the Eclipse Modeling technology stack (Xtext, Sirius, EMF and others) at Altran to build solutions with them.
So, my fellow software engineers & craftsmen in the Netherlands, register for the Eindhoven DemoCamp now and see you there!