Sunday, January 21, 2007

Eclipse on Mac

Today I read a blog post claiming that Eclipse has little, if any, following among Mac users.

That claim took me by surprise. So as a litmus test, I did a bugzilla query to see how many bugs were reported on Mac and I got 3550 bug reports. Not too bad.

Where is the data that backs up or refutes this claim?

It would be interesting if the webmaster could provide Mac download statistics and/or if the marketing wing of the Eclipse Foundation could provide one of them pie charts showing Eclipse's mind share on Mac.

Friday, January 19, 2007

No Thanks

One of the nice things about working in open source is that you interact directly with your customers (ie. the community) in an open forum via bug reports. When we, the committers, resolve a bug as fixed, it gives us a sense of joy that we made some user out there happy.

While implementing a highly-anticipated feature is a reward in itself, it would be nice to hear a thank-you every once in a while. Unfortunately, very rarely do we hear that thank you from users.

72 people have voted for a Text Drag and Drop feature. When it was finally implemented, not one thank you.

Oh well, such is life...

Thank you, Dani!

Friday, January 12, 2007


Am I the only one who finds it wildly inappropriate for EclipseZone to be running Netbeans 5.5 ads?

Thursday, January 11, 2007

New Year, New Forms

Je love Forms, je can't live without Forms, and we are starting off the new year with the long-anticipated Forms facelift for the Europa release.

Visual designer extraordinaire Kim Peter has just posted new screenshots showing the new vision. New enhancements and features include: color refinements, header/section title updates, one and two-row header variations, drag-and-drop to and from the header, error validations and much much more.

We are now very busy trying to implement that vision and get it ready for the masses by the end of the 3.3 M5 milestone.

Here is a taste of the new Forms on Vista:

I am certainly going to nominate Kim for Top Contributor for being a champion of cool and esthetically pleasing UIs for years.

Incidentally, if you want to learn more, there is an excellent Forms tutorial at EclipseCon 2007, where all aspects of Forms, old and new, will be covered.