Friday, April 20, 2007

It's that time of year again

Europa, and a shiny new Eclipse release, is only two months away, so on the IT side of, preparations are already underway to make sure we're ready for the onslaught of hungry developers coming to our site for the fresh bits. This year, Europa will be a server-killer, with new releases of heavyweight projects such as Eclipse 3.3, WebTools 2.0 and CDT 4.0, alongside mega-popular projects such as TPTP, BIRT, AJDT and Mylar, not to mention veterans such as GEF and EMF. To add to that deluge, a host of newcomers to the train will ship as well, including ECF, Corona, DLTK and a bunch more.

We survived last year's Callisto, which (only) included 10 projects. This year's Europa has over 20 projects. Yikes!

A lot of bits will be flowing in-and-out of in the next four months, as May and early June will be full of milestone and nightly builds coming in and going out, code check-ins, rebuilds, Bugzilla searches and updates, and general panic anxiety. Towards the end of June, we'll lock down our download servers so that the gigabytes of freshly-built jar and zip files can be uploaded to us and mirrored. Then ... BOOM. The release will tie us up through July and August, and likely well into September.

It's only a matter of time before I need to casually walk into Mike's office, asking for more bandwidth... The fun part is that he always sais 'yes' :)


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