Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Talk about being open

Bjorn has been posting a few blogs about the nuances between open source and open development, transparency and woolies. Okay, maybe not woolies. But being open and transparent is something that we strive for at the Foundation, as we try to use Bugzilla, newsgroups and mailing lists for as much communication that we can.

Take this bug, for instance, where Sharon Corbett notifies us webmasters that new committer accounts need to be created. While she's at it, she also tells us about one committer account that needs to be deactivated.

Sharon used to send an e-mail to webmaster, but recently, we figured these requests should be made in the open: anyone can have a small viewport into our process, and even query the status of the request. At the same time, it adds the benefits of traceability and accountability to the process - we know who requested what, who responded to the request and how the request was fulfilled (and when).

Friday, April 20, 2007

Eclipsepedia gets a new Main Page

The Eclipse Wiki (Eclipsepedia for lack of originality) got a new, much improved Main Page today, thanks to lots of work from Daniel Spiewak. You may know Daniel as one of the editors of EclipseZone.

Daniel reworked the Main Page into a more Wikified version, putting the emphasis on the wiki-correct page categories instead of attempting to create one big index of everything. The new page also makes better use of screen real estate, and included colored sections for FAQs, Categories and Links.

Good work, Daniel. Thanks for your efforts.

Edited Apr 22: first sentence was made sense none.

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 Eclipse.org, 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 Eclipse.org 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' :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

CDT takes #1 spot from WebTools on top-10

For the longest time, the WebTools project held the #1 spot on the Popular Projects top-10 list. Today, their crown has been taken by a worthy contender: the CDT project.

The CDT is led by Doug Schaefer, a guy who's very passionate about the CDT, and about the Eclipse community in general. Props to Doug and his team for the hard work. Enjoy your #1 spot on the list!