EclipseCon 2007 March 5-8, Santa Clara California

What Does Eclipse Need To Do To Become the IDE for Ajax?

Coach Wei (Nexaweb), Robert Goodman (IBM), Mike Milinkovich (Eclipse Foundation), Paul Colton (Aptana, Inc.), Eric Clayberg (Instantiations, Inc.)

· Panel

Wednesday, 10:10, 50 minutes | Theater


Robert Goodman

Mike Milinkovich

Paul Colton

Eric Clayberg

Eclipse has established itself as the de facto standard for Java development. In the highly exciting Ajax world, what is the role of Eclipse? Can Eclipse become the de facto tool for Ajax? Can Eclispe be the missing link that brings Ajax to the reach of average developers?

Ajax has been spreading in the web community like a wildfire. However, there are still a lot of challenges with Ajax, for example, being hard to develop and hard to maintain. This panel will discuss the key gaps in Ajax development, and how Eclipse can fill some of these gaps. In particular, how Eclipse can be the solution to the problem of "ease of developoment". What role does Eclipse ATF play? What is needed bedyond ATF?

The panelists, coming from background in Java, Ajax and Eclipse communities, bring in a wealth of knowledge and experience to speak on this subject.

Coach Wei is Chairman, Founder and CTO of Nexaweb Technologies, an Enterprise Web 2.0 software company. He founded Nexaweb in 2000 and served as CEO until summer 2003. Before founding Nexaweb, Coach architected and designed enterprise software at EMC Corporation. An advocate for open standards and open source, he is actively involved in many community projects and industry organizations. He has published numerous articles on topics including: AJAX, J2EE and .NET, RIA development, XML, signal/image processing, composite materials and ultrasonic imaging. He is a frequent speaker at top industry events, such as JavaOne and Web Services Edge. Coach holds an MS in information technology from MIT and maintains a blog at

Robert (Bob) Goodman is a Software Engineer in Emerging Technologies division of the IBM Software Group. He started his career at IBM working on Object Oriented Programming and IBM WebSphere. More recently he has work on Web Services for pervasive devices and tooling for PHP. He is now project leader of the AJAX Tools Framework (ATF) on Eclipse.

Mike Milinkovich is the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. In the past, he has held key management positions with Oracle, WebGain, The Object People, and Object Technology International Inc. (which subsequently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM), assuming responsibility for development, product management, marketing, strategic planning, finance and business development.

Aptana was founded by Paul Colton in 2005. Prior to starting Aptana, Paul Colton founded several technology companies including Live Software. At Live Software, Paul helped define the Servlet API specification and also created JRun, the leading commercial Servlet and JSP engine. After Live Software was acquired by Allaire Corporation (and subsequently by Macromedia and Adobe, which now sells JRun), Paul took time to explore new technical opportunities — Aptana is the result of that exploration.

Eric is a seasoned software technologist, product developer, entrepreneur, and manager with more than 17 years of commercial software development experience, including nine years of experience with Java and six years with Eclipse. He's the primary author and architect of more than a dozen commercial Java and Smalltalk add-on products including WindowBuilder Pro, CodePro Studio, and the award winning VA Assist Enterprise product lines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard, and has co-founded two successful software companies. He is co-author of the book "Eclipse: Building Commercial Quality Plug-ins", part of the Addison Wesley Eclipse series.

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