Building Communities: The Rise and Fall and Rise of the CDT Project

Doug Schaefer (Blackberry Limited)

Eclipse IDE And Languages - CDT · Long - main stage View at EclipseLive
Wednesday, 10:10, 50 minutes | Theater

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The CDT celebrates it's 7'th anniversary in June 2009. It's been quite a journey. And we've learned a lot on what to do and what not to do to build a community that can keep the project running for this long.

This talk takes a trip down memory lane presenting the history of the CDT, the decisions we faced, the choices we made, and whether they worked or not and what we would have done different.

The hope is that these open source life lessons are helpful for others who are embarking down this journey as well, or are stuck in the quagmire of a bad project environment and are looking for a way to get out.

This talk also give some insight into the culture of the CDT project and, for those who have been lurking for years, to show that we're not bad people and it won't hurt to contribute.

Doug Schaefer is the Eclipse CDT Project Lead and has been involved with the CDT since it became an Eclipse project many moons ago. He has long been interested in open source platforms and tools with a keen interest in ensuring the CDT is easily adoptable by the mass of newb's interested in joining the fun with software development using good old native development tools such as C , the GNU tool chain and embedded Linux. He also is the creator and maintainer of the Wascana Desktop Developer open source project that provides these tools for Windows development as well. His day job is as the engineering manager for Wind River's install and licensing technology where he's busy driving adoption of the Eclipse p2 provisioning framework in Wind River and the IDE tools community.

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