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The Eclipse Way

Jeff McAffer (IBM)

Thursday, 8:30, 45 minutes | G. Saal

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Jeff McAffer

Over its five year lifetime, the Eclipse [Platform] project has continuously delivered high quality software on time. We'll discuss the key factors behind this achievement, describing how the project has evolved, from both a technical and a process perspective, revisting some of our decisions from the early eclipse days to the present. We will reflect on how the team's experiences influenced our development processes. Finally, we will consider how our experiences are generally applicable to software development efforts and imagine how they can be put into wider practice.

Jeff McAffer leads the Eclipse Equinox OSGi and Eclipse RCP teams and is a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM Rational. He is one of the architects of the Eclipse Platform and a co-author of The Eclipse Rich Client Platform (Addison-Wesley). He is a member of the Eclipse Project PMC and the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors and has been involved in Eclipse from the beginning. Jeff is currently interested all aspects of Eclipse componentry from developing and building bundles to deploy and installing them and ultimately running them. All of this in an effort to realize Eclipse's original vision as a platform for composing general sets of application function to solve real problems. Previous lives included work in distributed/parallel OO computing (Server Smalltalk, massively parallel Smalltalk, etc) as well as expert systems, meta-level architectures and a PhD at the University of Tokyo.

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