Rethinking the Out of the Box Experience of Eclipse as an IDE


The Eclipse Java IDE serves as a key development tool for millions of software developers around the world. But from the existence of "" and numerous "why X is better than Eclipse" blog posts, our IDE seems to fail many of our prospective users. Upon examination, most of these complaints relate to missing functionality that is actually available, but whose defaults don't match that user's expectations. Knowing how to change these defaults is a bit involved. But the choice of these defaults are so bitterly contested that the mere mention of a change is enough to reduce even the most committed of committers to tears.

In an effort to save the Eclipse Bugzilla from further gigabytes of discussion that only end with WONTFIX, the Foundation has sponsored work to sidestep these choices and instead ask the user for their preference. In this presentation, we'll discuss how we're changing the out-of-the-box experience of the Eclipse IDE and the vision moving forward.

Note to PC: this will be a joint presentation, still TBD.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 16:15 to 16:50