Monday, May 29, 2006

The Hottest Spot North of Havana

It's a very hot day in Toronto. So how hot is it? It's a couple of degrees hotter than hell, but surprisingly still cooler than Austin, TX (home of roller hockey champion Chris Aniszczyk).

Speaking of hockey, I am heading out to Edmonton tomorrow morning where the Edmonton Oilers are in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1990. It will be a good time.

I will be on a week-long working vacation. It's a working vacation because it is RC7 week, and we, on the PDE team, decided to rewrite the entire PDE guide from scratch and give it a brand new format . It's a crazy task. How crazy is it? It's Paula Abdul-crazy.

The new guide is shaping up to be great though. It's very detailed and will take you behind the scenes to explain to you the rationale behind choices we made in the tooling.

Watch for it in the RC7 build coming out this Friday.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Road Ahead

Today, the topic of my weekly call with Jeff McAffer, Eclipse PMC and Equinox/RCP Lead, was 3.3 planning.

When planning for a release, we like to have high-impact items that are also fun to work on.

Here are some general ideas/themes that came up today in the very first session of PDE 3.3 planning.

In no particular order:

1. PDE having a broader mandate. Think beyond plug-ins. Think components.

2. Extreme Self-Hosting: Implement a Remote Agent that controls a running Eclipse/OSGi application. Test the dynamic behaviour of your plug-in and product. Update manifest files and see changes in the runtime workbench without restarting,...

3. Plug-in Dependency Visualization

4. OSGi/Runtime tooling, e.g. declarative services, new application model, and every etcetera in between.

5. Update Manager Tooling

6. User Assistance authoring tools (e.g. cheatsheets, context-sensitive help, tables of contents, ...)

I am soliciting opinions on this list.

How would you rate/prioritize this list?
Which item is your favourite?
Is there an item missing from the list that you would like to see addressed in 3.3?

If you have input on the subject matter, please send me an email.
My email address is wassimm at ca dot ibm dot com