“Eclipse is so much more than a Java IDE”
Welcome back to our series ‘Foundation Talk’ in which we introduce the staff of the Eclipse Foundation. Meet Denis Roy, Director of IT Services, at Eclipse Foundation.
We talked to Denis Roy, Director of IT Services, at the Eclipse Foundation, 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: What are your duties and responsibilities within the Eclipse Foundation?
Denis Roy: I’m the IT Director for the Eclipse Foundation. Although most people in the community know me as one of the Eclipse Webmasters, I’m part of a small team that manages the servers and software services that are behind eclipse.org and its Working Groups. These services include Git, Gerrit and Bugzilla for the development side of things, but also include the Eclipse Marketplace, Wiki, and a host of build-related services such as Hudson/Jenkins and Sonar.
JAXenter: When did you join the Eclipse Foundation and why?
Denis Roy: I joined in October 2004, only months after the inception of the Eclipse Foundation itself. As “employee #004”, I wanted to work in a challenging environment where my contributions could actually make a difference. Twelve years later, the community has grown tremendously, the breadth of technology is even more impressive, and I still feel that my contributions make a difference.
JAXenter: Which project(s) do you like most?
Denis Roy: The Eclipse project itself (Platform/JDT) wins my vote, for being so welcoming to contributions. The team behind it is dedicated, open and very motivated to keeping the new features and bug fixes flowing into the core platform. I’m also quite partial to the Babel project — the crowd-sourced translations project for Eclipse projects. Although it’s seen little development in the recent years, there is a stream of community contributions that are transformed into Eclipse language packs, covering dozens of languages. These language packs make Eclipse more accessible to its users worldwide.
JAXenter: What does the future of Eclipse (and the Foundation) look like?
Denis Roy: Continued innovation in exciting new areas as well as progress on the more mature, flagship projects that have been calling Eclipse their home for more than a decade. In recent years Eclipse has made a notable presence in new areas such as the Internet of Things and Geo-spacial, location-aware technologies and in the science communities. It’s so much more than a Java IDE!
JAXenter: Finally — Eclipse Neon. What is your favorite feature?
Denis Roy: I don’t spend as much time writing code as in the past. However, the Git/Gerrit tools offered by the eGit project continue to develop at a rapid pace and complement nicely the PHP Development Tools (PDT) I use on a regular basis. The Marketplace Client (MPC) is still one of the easiest, most user-friendly ways to discover, install and rate plugins for Eclipse that are available from a catalog of hundreds of available solutions.
Thank you very much!