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Eclipse Cloud DevTools Contributor Award: Thomas Mäeder for Extraordinary Contributions to Theia

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 11:59 by John Kellerman

The Eclipse Cloud Developer Tools contributor award for October goes to Thomas Mäeder at Castle Ridge Software for his innovative and highly impactful contributions to Eclipse Theia. This includes, very recently, the last missing piece for full VS Code extension compatibility to Theia!


Thomas has been an integral part of Eclipse Theia for years, demonstrating not only a deep technical knowledge that allows him to contribute significant features, but also a commitment to maintaining the quality of the project. He has a strong emphasis on fostering good communication within the community, making him a valued member of the ecosystem. Thomas plays a key role in discussions and decision-making processes with his thoughtful perspectives and insights. Thomas consistently looks out for the overall well being of the Theia ecosystem.

Thomas's contribution list is too long to enumerate. Recently, he initiated a new implementation of the RPC communication protocol in Theia that is 30 times faster than before. In September, he had the honor of completing a huge milestone for Theia. With his contribution of the Test API, Theia achieves full compatibility with VS Code extensions. 

It is worth mentioning that technologies like Eclipse Theia are reliant on the efforts of many contributors and Theia is fortunate to have an active and diverse group of developers. As an example, the Test API was originally initiated by a group of students. It's important to recognize and honor individual contributors who stand out and make a significant impact. Without a doubt, Thomas Mäeder is one such developer, making this award thoroughly well-deserved. Congratulations, Thomas!

The Cloud DevTools Working Group provides a vendor-neutral ecosystem of open-source projects focused on defining, implementing and promoting best-in-class web and cloud-based development tools. It is hosted at the Eclipse Foundation, current members of the group include AMD, Arm, EclipseSource, Ericsson, Obeo, RedHat, Renesas, STMicroelectronics and TypeFox.

This Eclipse Cloud DevTools contributor award is sponsored by EclipseSource, providing consulting and implementation services for web-based tools, Eclipse GLSPEclipse Theia, and VS Code.