Friday, May 30, 2008

BugDay is today

Once again it's the last Friday of the month, so it's Eclipse BugDay time! Come take a little time helping us committers bring down our vast backlogs of small but annoying, supposedly easy-to-fix issues.

Developers like us from the Target Management project have marked such bugs with a "bugday" keyword, prepared FAQ and Contributor Reference, and will be hanging out on IRC channel #eclipse-bugs to get in touch with you personally in case any questions come up. For more info, see the BugDay FAQ.

We still take contributions for Ganymede, want to join the Hall of Fame? See you on IRC!

PDE Goodies: Fix configuration problems

Ever thought you had some plugin installed, but couldn't find it working in Eclipse? - Here is a really nice solution that I found today:

  • Window > Show View > PDE Runtime > Plug-in Registry
  • Filter to show the Plug-in(s) in question
  • Right-click > Show Advanced Operations
  • Choose "Diagnose"
In my case, the dialog that this produced showed me that "Bundle-RequiredExecutionEnvironment: J2SE-1.6" had not been met by my configuration. That would have taken me ages to find out!

I'm not sure since when this functionality is available (I was running 3.4RC2), but a big THANKS goes to the PDE team for this (and I assume that Chris Recoskie will be especially happy about this).

Monday, May 26, 2008

Calling All Users!

We've got a request on the DSDP PMC to help a university grad student with an open source adoption study. We need to conduct a quick survey of DSDP projects used in commercial products. Are you adopting any of the DSDP projects commercially? Please let us know with a quick E-Mail to . Your answer will be kept confidential, only statistics will be published. Please include your commercial product's name and version, and the DSDP project(s) you are adopting.

As a reminder, there are several projects in DSDP. Here is the full list:

On the Target Management project, we have another plea to our valued users and adopters: Once again we're conducting a coordinated round of testing, just in time for the upcoming Ganymede release.

The goal of this is to identify those defects that are important to YOU early enough for our 3.0 release. Of course we can prioritize defects only right if YOU find and file them in time, in YOUR specific environment! Just investing 2 hours of your precious time will be well-invested in a TM release that works right for YOU.

The trick of making this testing "coordinated" is to avoid duplication. Since everybody can see what areas others are testing, you can focus on those areas that are specific for you or that matter to you! Please go ahead, and sign up on the TM 3.0RC2 coordinated testing Wiki by editing the page. Or, to make the signup even simpler for you, just send an E-Mail to martin.oberhuber (at) windriver (dot) com to let us know what host OS, JVM version and TM/RSE components you think you could test.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Eclipse Architecture Council meeting on E4 Architectural Foundations

The Eclipse Architecture Council is holding a special 1-hour open phone meeting to discuss the Architectural Foundations of Eclipse, this Thursday May 15 at 8:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 15:00 UTC / 17:00 CET. The meeting is focused on preparation of the Architectural Foundations slot during the upcoming E4 Summit in Ottawa.

All interested parties are welcome to join the call, though this is a meeting for do-ers, not lurkers -- meeting notes will be posted shortly after the call for those who are more interested in the outcome than actually participating.

Please review (and edit) the agenda ahead of the meeting in order to save everybody's time.

You're welcome to join if you care for the future of Eclipse!