Diversity is the Spice of Life

Chris Aniszczyk (IBM), Ed Merks (IBM)

Committer And Contributor · Long Talk

Tuesday, 16:30, 50 minutes | Theatre | Download in iCal Format

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Chris Aniszczyk

Ed Merks

Diversity is a fundamentally important indicator of the health of an ecosystem. A diverse committer base ensures that different points of view are well represented and that changing priorities of funding organizations don't result in the extinction of the project. A diverse contributor base ensures that the pipeline toward committership stays primed with new talent and helps to blur the line between the developers and the users. And finally a diverse user base ensures that a good cross section of users' needs are being met and ensures that new capabilities are validated and tested thereby improving the overall quality of the deliverables. Achieving diversity takes effort and working in a diverse environment has challenges that are quite different from the types of challenges that are more typical of closed projects. The Eclipse Modeling project is currently Eclipse's prime example of a diverse project. This talk will focus on strategies for fostering diversity and for coping with it once it's achieved based on my experiences as co-lead of the Modeling project and as an active member of this vibrant community.

Chris Aniszczyk is an Eclipse committer at IBM Lotus who works on OSGi-related things. His primary focus these days is improving Eclipse's Plug-in Development Environment (PDE) and spreading the Eclipse love inside of IBM's Lotus organization. He is an open source enthusiast at heart, specializing in open source advocacy. He evangelizes about Eclipse in his blog, and he's honored to represent the Eclipse committers on the Eclipse Foundation's Board of Directors. He's always available to discuss open source and Eclipse over a frosty beverage.

Ed Merks is the project lead of the Eclipse Modeling Framework project and a co-lead of the top-level Modeling project. He has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. He holds a Ph.D. in computing science and is a co-author of the authoritative "Eclipse Modeling Framework, A Developer's Guide" (Addison-Wesley 2003). He works for IBM Rational Software at the Toronto Lab.

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