EclipseCon Sellout Shows Strong Interest in Software Tools
By Ken North
EclipseCon 2006 was a sold-out event that shows the Eclipse platform is gathering momentum like a snowball rolling downhill. Eclipse is an example of well-known and widely-adopted open source developer platform. There have been millions of downloads of the Eclipse software and the EclipseCon events have been a success. The surge of interest in Eclipse can be seen by milestones such as announcements about Eclipse tools for SOA development and MySQL joining the Eclipse Foundation.
EclipseCon 2006 ran March 20-23, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. It attracted members from developer communities using a variety of languages, including Java, C++ and PHP. The 1500 people in attendance were from 36 countries.
Presentations at EclipseCon 2006 covered a wide range of topics, including user interface development, modeling, data tools development, aspect-oriented programming, web tools development, rich client applications, porting C++, AJAX tools and other topics.
Contributing editor Madhu Siddalingaiah did an EclipseCon presentation that compared developer environments. He discussed that state of the art in developer tools, based on his personal experiences using Eclipse and Visual Studio (download).
Ward Cunningham Keynote, Interview
Madhu Siddalingaiah interviewed Ward Cunningham, who gave a keynote presentation titled Software Development Creativity the Wiki Way (download). In the 20-minute (MP3) interview, Ward discussed Eclipse, Wiki and Agile Development. He also mentioned the importance of roadmaps, such as the Eclipse roadmap.
EclipseCon 2007 will run March 5-8, 2007 in Santa Clara, California.