Touring the Eclipse Photon DemoCamps – Next stop: Eindhoven, NL, July 4th!

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.

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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!


Eclipse DemoCamp Dortmund – November 30th at FZW

The Eclipse Foundation announced a new DemoCamp series for November 2010, and of course we will join the event series with a DemoCamp in Dortmund again. The FZW was a really nice location last time and thus we booked it again. There is enough parking space and also the central railway station is just a 5 min walk away.

Last time over 60 persons joined the Dortmund DemoCamp, making it one of the larger of its sort of the past Helios DemoCamp series. I hope that we will have again so many attendees.

At the moment I am searching for some exciting Demos about different areas of Eclipse. I am happy to have Marcel Bruch talking about his “Eclipse Code Recommenders” project. I met him on Frankfurt’s DemoCamp last November and on Darmstadt’s DemoCamp in July. Not only that the topic is rather amazing, Marcel is an excellent presenter.

Last month I met Ekkehard Gentz in San Francisco at Cafe Mason. He was presenting at the Blackberry DevCon, whilest I had a project in the Bay Area at this moment. I already wanted him for the last DemoCamp talking about his RedView project, but last time it clashed with another DemoCamp. I was not aware that he is so deep in Blackberry development now and was really impressed what he has done for this customer in the mobile area. He will definetely be an enrichment for the camp.

The next interesting topic in the line is CDO. Eike Stepper gave me the recommendation for Stefan Winkler, and Stefan was so kind to do the CDO demo. Stefan is a long-time CDO committer and he will also present CDO at the Eclipse DemoCamp in Bonn. I am also very interested in CDO and introducing it in a customer project for a RCP/JavaEE application with Teneo/Spring/Hibernate stack.

Although I myself entered a demo of my current topic – Building Xtext projects with Maven – I hope to find enough topics from different areas. As organizer I am not unhappy to make place for other presentations. So if you have a good idea, just add a proposal on the DemoCamp’s Wiki page.

I am also very happy that Ralph Müller from the Eclipse Foundation will join the camp again. It is always a pleasure to have him as representative from Eclipse at the camps and this is also the rare chance to speak about Eclipse strategic development from first hand.

Don’t miss the chance to meet with Eclipse enthusiasts and experts from the region Ruhrgebiet / Westfalen. And as always, the whole event is for free! Just enter yourself on the DemoCamp’s Wiki page. Also check out the other locations around the globe.

Eclipse DemoCamp Dortmund – June 8th at FZW

During June and July 2010 there will be again Eclipse DemoCamps all over the world to celebrate the upcoming Eclipse Helios release end of June and e4 release and of July. DemoCamps are a great opportunity to see the latest and coolest new features live from the top experts in their field. Often the speakers are themselves committers on the projects and technologies they present. Also most attendees are Eclipse enthusiasts or use Eclipse technology for mission critical projects in their companies.

And to make it even better – these events are for free! All you have to do is take some time, come and enjoy!

I started now to organize the Eclipse DemoCamp in Dortmund. The Eclipse Foundation is sponsoring these events, but only 5 per country. In Germany there is such a huge interest in these events that these 5 sponsored DemoCamps were already registered when I entered the Dortmund DemoCamp – and this was just hours after announcement! Fortunately this DemoCamp will take place anyway, since itemis , who are Strategic Member of the Eclipse Foundation,  is willing to sponsor it.

This week we contracted the room, so finally location and date of this event is known and further planning can continue. The Eclipse DemoCamp in Dortmund will take place on June 8th 18:00-21:30 at the new FZW. The FZW is a well-known location for events and concerts and recently re-opened near to the “Dortmunder U” of the former Dortmunder Union Brewery.

Join the DemoCamp!

The Eclipse DemoCamp Dortmund is an open event. The only requirement for attending the event is registering on the Event Wiki page. To register you will need an account for the Eclipse Bugzilla System or contact me if I should add you to the attendees list.

Currently I am also searching for speakers. If you like to demonstrate what amazing stuff you are doing with Eclipse then go ahead. Just enter your name and the title of your presentation on the Wiki page. It could be anything which is related to Eclipse. Best of course would be demonstrations of features that come up with Helios or of some incubation projects. Each presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes. I’m especially interested in presentations about e4, XtextRAP, SMILA, b3, Cloud Development Toolkit, Sphinx, redview, Teneo, Equinox/OSGi, (E)Git, Graphiti, to name just of few of exciting Eclipse or technologies or Eclipse based products.

DemoCamps are a rather informal event. Besides the presentations there will be enough time to talk with the people there, do networking and drink a beer together. DemoCamps are fun and of high information value.

Don’t miss it and join it now!

Spread the word!

Eclipse DemoCamps are interesting for all users and devlopers of Eclipse. Talk with your colleagues and friends and make them aware about the Eclipse DemoCamp series around the world. There are lot of events planned and sure some more that are scheduled later. Of course, if you are coming from the Ruhrgebiet or somewhere around Dortmund you are welcome to join there. Hope to meet you there!

Sponsors welcome!

The event is at the moment sponsored by itemis, but it is not restricted to. Also your company can be a sponsor for this event. Your company will be mentioned on the Event wiki, mentioned in the opening talk and you are allowed to distribute marketing material. A better opportunity to present yourself as Eclipse experts for a reasonable price your company won’t find! Contact me if this is interesting for your company.

Eclipse DemoCamp November 26th in Frankfurt

Next week, Thursday Nov. 26th, there will be an Eclipse DemoCamp in Frankfurt, starting 05:30 PM until 09:00 PM at Saalbau Gallus. I am happy that my current project schedule allows me being in Frankfurt at this time. There are already over 40 registered attendees, this is quite impressing. There are 6 interesting talks presented at this DemoCamp:

  • Using Eclipse TMF in a large scale modeling and implementation project from Dr. Nikolai Busse (Deutsche Börse Systems AG). The project Nikolai is talking about is the one I am working on most of this year. I already had the opportunity to talk about this project at the CodeGeneration 2009 and W-JAX 09 conference. Nikolai will no doubt give an really interesting talk about an extraordinary project.
  • redView – dynamische Views für Business Applications from Ekkehard Gentz. Ekke has created a fascinating project using technologies like EMF, CDO, openArchitectureWare, UML2. Ekke is also a member on the openArchitectureWare team and it is always a pleasure to talk with him. Last time we met was last week at the W-JAX, but unfortunately I had to leave on thursday before his talk. Now I have the chance to see it finally.
  • JPA (EclipseLink) in OSGI Anwendungen from Karsten Voigt (IBM Global Business Services). EclipseLink will be the reference implementation of the JPA 2.0 standard. This framework has already a long history and many experience was put into it. Although Hibernate is most widely spreaded I think that EclipseLink will play a bigger role in the future. EclipseLink has smooth integration with EMF with Teneo, which makes Domain Driven Design with JPA persistence really easy.
  • Eclipse Code Recommenders – How much can the IDE predict what you will write in the next seconds? from Marcel Bruch (TU Darmstadt). Marcel presents his research project where a more intelligent way for producing IDE proposals is developed. Sounds interesting.
  • Das ist hier Usus… from Leif Frenzel and Stefan Schürle (adrena objects). They will present projectusus, which aims to provide Eclipse plugins that derive settings for Eclipse and code quality plugins like Checkstyle and EclEmma. The clue is that the settings try to match automatically what’s a project’s usus.
  • RCP goes Web 2.0 – Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform from Benjamin Muskalla (EclipseSource). Let’s see what RAP has new…

6 talks are really a lot for a DemoCamp. Besides presentations also networking is important at a DemoCamp. Let’s hope there is enough space for talking. Ralph Müller from the Eclipse Foundation will be there (where on the world is he not?), some people from SAP, Heidelberger Services AG, some of my colleagues from itemis, and several others. And it will be the first time I meet Attila Bak in person, who I now from the Fornax Project since some years already, but until now just via email.

Maybe I can met YOU also there? Registering is easy, and the event is free of charge. To register, just enter yourself to the DemoCamp’s Wiki page. To edit it, you’ll just need an account there. If you don’t want to open account just for that, just send me a mail and I’ll add you.