Introducing the Eclipse Foundation staff

“Eclipse” means something different to everybody

Dominik Mohilo
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Welcome to our new series ‘Foundation Talk’ in which we introduce the staff of the Eclipse Foundation. Wayne Beaton, Director of Open Source Projects, is the first person we’d like you to meet.

We talked to Wayne Beaton, Director of Open Source Projects, about what Eclipse means to him, what will happen in the future and we turn back time to the moment he joined the Eclipse Foundation. 

 

JAXenter: As Director of Open Source Projects, what are your duties and responsibilities within the Eclipse Foundation?

Wayne Beaton: In the most general terms, my role is to help project teams and committers be successful. This takes multiple forms, but generally focuses around helping project teams implement the Eclipse Development Process (EDP). The EDP defines a process for building commercial quality software products; part of my role is to help project teams understand the process and how to implement it. I also help project teams sort out how to access Eclipse Foundation services and act as a champion for the project teams with my colleagues to drive the adoption of new ideas and technologies.

JAXenter: When did you join the Eclipse Foundation and why?

Wayne Beaton. I joined in September 2005 as a Technology Evangelist. Primarily, I joined because the job sounded interesting and it gave me an opportunity to work with some very smart people.

JAXenter: Which project(s) do you like most?

Wayne Beaton. I don’t pick favourites.

JAXenter: What does the future of Eclipse (and the Foundation) look like?

Wayne Beaton. “Eclipse” means something different to everybody. To most software developers, “Eclipse” means an IDE based on the Eclipse Platform; more specifically, it tends to mean Eclipse Java IDE. The Eclipse IDE technology has a lot of life left and I expect it to have a very promising future as the project teams creating integrations for the Eclipse Platform to support programming languages like Java, C/C++, and PHP continue to push the state of the art forward.

wayneFor the ~300 Eclipse Open Source Projects, I wish continued adoption and contribution. We have a lot of great technology that covers a lot of different technical areas; we have a little something for everybody, and long term success depends on participation and contribution.

For the ~300 Eclipse Open Source Projects, I wish continued adoption and contribution. We have a lot of great technology that covers a lot of different technical areas; we have a little something for everybody, and long term success depends on participation and contribution.

For the Eclipse community, I wish continued success in solving problems with Eclipse technology. For the Eclipse ecosystem, I wish continued success in building products and services based on the many Eclipse open source projects.

And, for everybody involved in the Eclipse Foundation, including all of my colleagues, as well as the Eclipse Architecture Council and Eclipse Planning Council, I wish Porsches. Porsches for everybody!

JAXenter: Finally — Eclipse Neon.  What is your favorite feature?

Wayne Beaton. I’m enjoying the soft word wrap and ability to use keystrokes to change the editor font size a lot more than I would have ever imagined.

wayneWayne Beaton works for the Eclipse Foundation where he fills the dual roles of Director of Open Source Projects and Evangelist. He spends his days working with the many Eclipse open source project teams, learning about Eclipse technology, and making sure that everybody knows just how cool it all really is. In 1982, he received the prestigious Chief Scouts Award from then-Governor General Edward Schreyer. In 1984 his team was selected to represent beautiful British Columbia in the Kinsmen Voyageur Relay. In his spare time, he writes down meaningless accomplishments from his youth in a lame attempt to impress the reader.

Wayne authors the Eclipse Hints, Tips, and Random Musings blog.

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Dominik Mohilo
Dominik Mohilo studied German and sociology at the Frankfurt University, and works at S&S Media since 2015.

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