More on the tracks this year
by Jonas Helming
The call for papers for EclipseCon Europe 2017 has opened, and it is time to get your submissions in. I have been given the honor a second time to serve as the PC chair and the first job for the program committee was to decide on the tracks for 2017.
There are some notable adaptations to the last years. First of all, we extended the Java track to "Java & JDT". Since they are closely connected the combination made sense. For the upcoming Java 9, (no matter when it will actually be released), and also for previous versions of Java, we hope for a lot of interesting submissions in this central track.
For any other tools not directly related to Java, we rephrased and focused the categories into "Tools, IDEs, & DevOps" as well as "Web & Cloud Development". The latter has played a significant and growing role on the last EclipseCons. While Eclipse is a lot about tools, we expect a strong track about runtime technologies in "Eclipse technologies".
One particular request we heard from the audience is to have more talks about existing solutions based on Eclipse. Other projects' success stories and lessons learned are a great way to benefit all projects based on Eclipse. Therefore, we introduced the track "Built on Eclipse" and encourage all adopters of Eclipse technology to show their great solutions there.
Speaking about learning: last year, we created a new track for introductory talks, which we extended this year to "Introduction to the Eclipse ecosystem". EclipseCon is a great place to get into the Eclipse world, but newcomers need help. So we encourage experienced members to submit in this track!
The second new track is about Eclipse working groups, which addresses the increasing variety of the Eclipse ecosystem, in IoT, LocationTech, LTS (Long-Term Support), OpenMDM, OpenPASS, Papyrus IC, PolarSys, or Science. We hope that EclipseCon will be a perfect place to get an overview of all these areas.
Finally, we are happy to co-host the OSGI Alliance Community Event, the IoT Day as well as the Project Quality day. And if this is not enough, consider the category "Cool stuff" for anything else which you'd like to bring to the conference audience.
Looking forward to to your submissions and a great conference!