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Virtual Eclipse Community Meetups - 2020 Year in Review

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:33 by Hudson Kelly

Virtual events and webinars have surged this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As organizations made the shift, we saw an abundance of new webinar streams come to life. For the Eclipse Foundation, this included the shift of EclipseCon 2020 to a virtual event, the inception of ECD Tool Time for our Cloud Development Tools working group, new JakartaOne Regional/Language Specific Livestream events in Japan, Brazil and in Spanish and much more. Despite the growth, however, our audience showed it had not forgotten about old favorites. The Virtual Eclipse Community Meetups series, established in 2017, continued to showcase a variety of Eclipse Technologies, raising awareness for the work of our community with three sessions in 2020. 

As we close out the year, now is the perfect time to sign up to present a session in 2021. Session formats are flexible, date and time can be adapted to suit your needs. With a Meetup Group of over 900 Eclipse technology enthusiasts, presenters benefit from showcasing their work to our most established audience. Don’t let the size of your project determine the awareness around it; if presenting a Virtual Eclipse Community Meetup (vECM) sounds like something you would be interested in, email events@eclipse-foundation.org and we can kick-off  the process!

Now, let’s take a look at the three vECM sessions from 2020 that earned over 1,000 views combined. 


Java 14 Support in Eclipse IDE - Kalyan Tatavarthi

Kaylan Tatavarthi discusses how Eclipse IDE supports Java 14 and notable features such as Switch Expressions, Records, Text Blocks and Pattern Matching for Instaceof. If you haven’t already, watch and get started with using the new language features. 


Migration of Eclipse Platform build infrastructure to JIRO - Sravan Lakkimsetti

Eclipse Platform Project lead Sravan Lakkimsetti discusses the past and present of Eclipse Foundation infrastructure and its effect on the Eclipse Platform project. Starting with the old Foundation infrastructure consisting of several dedicated servers for specific purposes, Sravan explains how changes were needed due to the uneven utilization of hardware. Since, the Eclipse Foundation has deployed Red Hat Openshift to run services, providing new project level build infrastructure. See how the Eclipse Platform build infrastructure was migrated to JIRO and the improvements that have come from the change. 


Get to Know Eclipse SWTChart - Dr. Philip Wenig

Dr. Philip Wenig is Project Lead for Eclipse SWTChart. In this Virtual Eclipse Community Meetup, get to know SWTChart, a project allowing users to create custom charts that can be modified in a number of ways through code. With an extensive library capable of compressing big data sets in a performant way and a number of extensions making the project adaptable for your unique needs, learn everything you need to know to get started with the program and see what’s coming next. 

Interested in presenting your own vECM and joining this list of great presentations? Email events@eclipse-foundation.org and we can get your session organized.