While I was in Germany last December I met with Sebastian Meyen and Alexander Neumann, the editors of Eclipse Magazin. At the beginning of our meeting, they gave me a copy of their first five issues. My initial reaction was something along the lines of "what am I gonna do with these?". Eclipse Magazin is published in German and despite having lived in the country for four years as a child, I never really picked up the language.
Still, I flipped through each of the issues and was astounded by the breadth and depth of the articles. There is a lot of great stuff in this magazine. And the contributors are some of the best minds in the Eclipse world.
With some help from Ralph (who understands German quite well) I went through the issues and identified a bunch of articles that I'd love to translate. We're (The Eclipse Foundation) looking into having one article translated into English so that we can post it on the Eclipse Corner Articles site. If it works out, we're planning to do more.[Read More]
Eclipse hints, tips, and random musings
Every once in a while I flip through the articles on developerWorks looking for stuff on Eclipse. There's a huge number of articles: a search for the word "eclipse" yields 2,953 results; far too many articles and tutorials to enumerate (some of the hits are recommended reading lists, "meet the expert", and similar sorts of things).
This article by Chris Aniszczyk is a pretty good starting point for folks who are just getting started with Eclipse. Chris is pretty prolific in the Eclipse community; he's one of those guys who does so much that he can't possibly sleep as much as the rest of us (I often refer to this as the Barcia-effect). You can meet Chris in person if you attend the Eclipse in Motion seminar in either Dallas or Raleigh.
Searching on "eclipse rcp" yields 86 results (which mysteriously dropped to 78 results as I scrolled through 'em) including a two-part tutorial ("Eclipse's Rich Client Platform, Part 1: Getting started" , and "Eclipse's Rich Client Platform, Part 2: Extending the generic workbench"). Searching on "eclipse rich client platform" returned even more results (441).
One thing that I haven't come across yet is an Eclipse recommended reading list that can help somebody new to Eclipse navigate through this huge volume of information. I'll try to make a point of talking with the developerWorks Editors to make sure that such a thing is created. In fact, it's probably long past time that we had such a thing on the Eclipse Corner Articles site. I'll see if Chris wants to do it; I'm sure he has loads of time for that sort of thing...[Read More]
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I've been discussing a number of interesting topics with some of the editors at developerWorks lately, and was introduced to the custom RSS/Atom feeds. It's pretty cool stuff: you can define your own feed containing information about new articles on topics that you care about.
It addresses for me one of the bigger problems I have with developerWorks: there is a huge amount of information and trying to wade through it all is very time consuming.
This RSS feed, for example, provides me with only those articles in the "Open Source" Zone that contain the keyword "Eclipse", posted after January 1, 2004. I assume that keywords must occur in the description of the article. It's possible to also filter your feed to show tutorials, product documentation, and other stuff.
It makes me want to put together something similar for the Eclipse Corner Articles, but we don't have nearly the same volume problem (~75 articles).[Read More]