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Interview with John Arthorne

The Call for Papers deadline is fast approaching and we thought it would be a good idea to hear what the Program Chair, John Arthorne, had to say on the subject.

Eclipse: As the Program Chair, what type of program you would like see at EclipseCon?
John: I want to see a strong technical program that gives a range of talks focusing on key areas of interest to the community. Whether you're coming to learn about rich client development, programming tools, mobile technology, or web development, there needs to be a depth of material on each subject to make attending the conference worthwhile. Within those subject areas, we need a balance of new and returning speakers, introductory and advanced topics, and perspectives from both creators and adopters of Eclipse technology.

Eclipse: Who do you think should be submitting session ideas?
John: Anyone who has either built new Eclipse technology, or built some application using Eclipse technology in the past year, should consider submitting a talk. We especially welcome new speakers who have never presented at EclipseCon before. It is great to see fresh perspectives and ideas, and to learn about a new area of the Eclipse ecosystem.

Eclipse: If someone is thinking about submitting an idea, what should they keep in mind?
John: Keep in mind that there are many new attendees every year and a broad diversity of technical knowledge in the audience. Don't assume attendees have heard of your project or understand what all the acronyms and jargon mean. Most attendees are looking for technologies they can adopt to solve their own particular problems, so you need to explain not only what you are doing, but why you did it, and why it may be valuable to others.

Eclipse: Are there certain types of themes you would like to see at EclipseCon?
John: There are deep structural changes occurring in the software industry today. End users are moving from traditional PC interfaces to a diversity of new computing devices and form factors. Mobile devices, cloud computing, and the rise of social networks are forcing a profound transformation on the kinds of software we develop. To me the core theme is helping developers make sense of these changes, and to showcase the Eclipse technologies that can help them navigate that transformation in their own work.

Eclipse: Why do you think someone should submit a proposal? What are the advantages of being a speaker?
John: For starters, speaking at EclipseCon gives you a free pass to a top notch open source conference. But more importantly, it gives you an opportunity to share your passion and technology with your peers in the Eclipse community. Attendees who learn about your work may turn into the next end users, evangelists, adopters, or contributors to your project.

Eclipse: Finally, what do you like best about EclipseCon?
John: What never ceases to amaze me about the Eclipse community is the vast diversity of applications of Eclipse technology out there. I love coming to EclipseCon and hearing about not only the latest programming tools, but also the rocket scientists, filmmakers, nuclear physicists and web server developers building great applications out of Eclipse technology. EclipseCon gives me a venue to not only hear about all this great technology, but also to connect directly with the developers who built it. The hallway discussions, lunchtime conversations, and evening drinks shared with these developers always turn out to be the most valuable experience.

Call for Papers Deadline is November 19, 2012.

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