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The Two Solitudes

I don’t think you can go to school in Canada and not read Hugh MacLennan’s the Two Solitudes. So for me it was an obvious metaphor for a phenomenon that has become apparent to me over the past year or so. That is: Europeans and Americans (particularly Californians) view the practice of software development in materially different ways.

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One Big Step for EclipseRT

The future of Java technology in the enterprise rests with its rapidly evolving ability to regain its original promise of lightweight, flexible and dynamic application development and deployment. In other words, the faster Java gets to the stackless stack, the brighter its future will be.

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It’s a Dessert Topping and a Floor Wax

Last week we saw probably more conversation than any of us wanted about the notion that Eclipse is a trade association and therefore not an open source community. I believe that perspective to be misguided as it implies those two states are somehow mutually exclusive. They are not. And it is our community’s embrace of both that makes Eclipse unique.

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Membership Value Programs for 2010

Monday I blogged about some of the program plans we have for 2010 that are targeted at our project and committer community. Today, let’s turn to some of the things that we have in store for our members and the commercial ecosystem around Eclipse. Not all of these are new, but in each case there is significant value to the community, and there are at least a few new twists that we have planned for 2010.

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Project Community Enhancements for 2010

I mentioned in a comment last week that — pending Board approval of the 2010 budget — there are a number of items which we’re looking at for 2010 that we at the Eclipse Foundations are pretty excited about. These are some major pieces of work that we are going to be focusing our time and energy on.

There will also be a number of significant programs for the commercial members, but those will be the topic of a separate post.

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Dear Bjorn: Go away

Bjorn,

Your latest post deserves a clear response.

Your former colleagues at the Eclipse Foundation have tolerated your public abuse quietly because we are professionals, and we honestly thought that you would tire of it. Apparently we were wrong. But the time has come to say it: You are a jerk. Please go away. You quit the Foundation, you have zero commits since April, and we tire of your sniping from afar.

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Some (Ottawa) Holiday Cheer

Calling the Eclipse Ottawa community!

The Eclipse Foundation would like to invite everyone in the local Eclipse community to join us at Marshy’s on the afternoon of December 18th. If you can make it, please add your name to the meetup page.

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This Week’s Announcements

Hearty congratulations are due to Microsoft, Soyatec and Tasktop for their announcements yesterday regarding Eclipse and Silverlight, Azure and Windows 7.

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Collaboration Is Just Good Business

Last week at the Open World Forum, I had the pleasure of attending Michael Tiemann’s talk on the “Road to the Digital Recovery”. Michael kindly summarized his key points on his blog.

The most interesting sound bite from Michael’s talk was his estimate that $1 trillion is wasted every year in ICT spending. His logic is:

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Kudos

I just received an email out of the blue that really reminded me of how important it is for all of us in the Eclipse community to help our users and adopters.

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