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Eclipse Community Survey 2012

AnnaKent
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Eclipse Foundation’s call to arms and comments from a recent blog post by Wayne Beaton

This week the Eclipse Foundation released a call to arms to
encouraged members to participate in the Eclipse
Community Survey
. The annual survey is designed to help
document the requirements and trends within the Eclipse developer
community and what matters most to members looking into the future.
As Wayne Beaton discussed in a recent
blog post
, there have been many trends and pursuits over the
last couple of years.

Beaton highlights that it has been a goal to get Eclipse
committers out of the build business through the creation of a
Common Build Infrastructure (CBI). This will mean that more time
can be focused on actually writing software. The “process of taking
source code and turning it into a form that adopters and users can
download and consume. Building software in general – and building
Eclipse plug-ins/OSGi bundles in particular – is a relatively hard
problem” according to Beaton.  

This is why the annual survey is an important part of figuring
out what to try and what will possibly work better for developers
in the future, for example the “original CBI at Eclipse used a
combination of PDE Build, black magic, cron, and manual
intervention in the form of pulled hairs” – – Eclipse have
certainly come a long way since then.

Recent attempts have come in the form of Athena Common Build,
Hudson, Buckminster, B3 project, Maven and finally Tycho. Beaton
highlights the usefulness of Tycho:

Tycho facilitates a couple of useful things: first, it allows
you to do manifest-first builds in which your Maven pom leverages
the OSGi dependencies specified by an Eclipse bundle; second, it
enables Maven to resolve dependencies found in p2 repositories.

Even though Tycho is successful in many ways, there still isn’t
a way to track the rate of migration. Through the input from the
community and the ever evolving CBI, we don’t doubt that projects
will start implementing continuous build strategies. 

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