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Mixed Response to Proposed Eclipse and Academia Integration


Stephan Herrmann has written a response to Chris Aniszczyk’s call for Eclipse to be more tightly integrated with the world of academia – and the response is mixed.

In his opinion, EclipseCon and academic projects are currently at odds with one another, as EclipseCon talks all centre around topics that are already well-known within the community. “By definition a research project covers topics that nobody has been talking about yet,” Herrmann points out, logically. He says that in order to create a more mutually beneficial relationship between Eclipse and academia, the EclipseCon track should be modified, so it focuses not only on the hot topics of the day, but also the potential hot topics of tomorrow. This would make it easier for research projects to get their EclipseCon proposals accepted. He also suggests an EclipseCon track for new project presentations. “When the Object Teams project was in its proposal phase I submitted four presentations to EclipseCon none of which was accepted, so on that channel I cannot introduce the project to the community,” he relates. Clearly, blocking a potential avenue of project exposure, isn’t in the best interests of the project or, indeed, the broader Eclipse community who may subsequently miss out on a great new project.

He takes a similarly restrained approach to Aniszczyk’s suggestion of a stronger Eclipse presence at academic conferences. In his experience, Eclipse has already penetrated research to such an extent, that it’s no longer enough common ground to base a workshop on. Although, he does acknowledge that there might be a place in the market for ‘Introduction to Eclipse’-style workshops targeted at new researchers; and there was a successful series of Eclipse Technology eXchange events at the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages & Applications (OOPSLA) conference and the European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP) conference.

He does, however, give an unequivocal thumbs up to Aniszczyk’s notion of collecting Eclipse-based publications. “I’d actually expect a huge number of such publications to show up,” he says.

Please see Herrmann’s blog for the full posting.

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