Eclipse RT Panel: Are we serving the needs of the community?
Since the creation of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) and the adoption of Equinox and OSGi in 2004, interest in and use of Eclipse technologies in runtime scenarios has been steadily increasing. The EclipseRT project was designed to foster, promote and house these runtime efforts.
By a variety of measures EclipseRT has been a resounding success. EclipseRT projects are the backbone of many organizations, powering the world's leading web containers such as Websphere, large infrastructure projects such as Google App Engine and Yahoo’s Hadoop Cluster and even underlying the day to day activities of the astronauts on the International Space Station.
However, even with all the success, EclipseRT still suffers from an identity crisis. What classifies a project as ‘RT’? What common themes do all RT projects have? What do you expect from RT? What components are missing from RT and most importantly; is the Eclipse Runtime Project failing the community by not providing an expected completely integrated stack of software for building applications on, or is it just a useful organizational construct for projects that would otherwise have no home under the existing Eclipse structure?
In this panel, EclipseRT committers will address these issues as well as topics presented by the audience to hopefully improve the state of Eclipse Runtime Technologies and better serve the Eclipse community.