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A New Look for e4

Susan McCourt, Bogdan Gheorghe (IBM )

Making With Eclipse · Standard (25 mins)
Tuesday, 14:00, 25 minutes | Grand Ballroom

Tags: e4 , UI / RCP
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The e4 workbench model and CSS styling engine give developers great flexibility in defining their application's composition, layout, and styling.  Given all this new freedom, what are we doing about the default look of the Eclipse 4.0 SDK on e4?  This talk summarizes the underlying visual design principles, technical challenges, and project constraints that have driven the evolution of a new look for the workbench.  We'll do a quick demo, show some before and after screenshots, look at some iterative mockups,  and leave plenty of time for questions.

Susan (Franklin) McCourt is a software engineer and UI architect for IBM Rational Software, focusing on the Eclipse SDK user experience and technology to support it.  She has worked with Eclipse since the very beginning, writing the bulk of the original Platform Plug-in Programmer's Guide.  Susan was previously Technical Director at Object Technology International and Director of Classroom Education at Knowledge Systems Corporation, working to minimize API and simplify UI in object-oriented systems.  She lives in Hood River, Oregon on a small produce farm.

Bogdan has worn many hats while working as a developer on Eclipse at the IBM Ottawa lab. His two current favourite hats have the following labels in them: "SWT committer" and "e4 committer - CSS engine division". He enjoys wearing both hats equally.

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