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EclipseCon bungy talks (Thursday)

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There were a fun selection of bungy talks that I went in and out of this afternoon. I'd have liked to go to Phillipe's Top Ten Annoyances, but I was presenting at the time. And yes, the demo did fail in the middle of the presentation, as promised. Well, one of them did. The others worked OK, and I kept to time, too.

Bjorn presented a talk on Buckminster, which is a new technology project that's designed to manage component dependencies. Perhaps this has some useful input for the Eclipse updates that we've been discussing? Anyway, it was an interesting talk although I didn't manage to take it all in since I had to bungy out to get to:

Chris and Lawrence's presentation on authoring in Eclipse, which was based on the Eclipse article on authoring in Eclipse. Apparently, Addison-Wesley are also interested in this kind of work, so expect more stuff to be done in DocBook in the future. A question from the audience asked if there was any kind of preview functionality (there isn't at present) but I'm surprised that there wasn't any mention of VEX, which already has out-of-the-box support for WYSIWYG editing of DocBook documents. Of course, it was only a five minute talk (and VEX is still beta) but it's something that can help authoring DocBook information. Others have also suggested creation of Eclipse Help pages using DocBook too, and this sounds like an excellent combination for open-source books (such as the Subversion Book).

I also bungied into Wayne's presentation of why you should use RCP, although a lot of it was actually demonstrating Eclipse Monkey. Still, it was cool enough and certainly an energetic presenter. Then there was continuous integration which briefly covered the Eclipse Release Engineering process with CruiseControl; so very similar to Monday's tutorial on automated builds, but for a larger audience. There was even a question in another presentation about building Eclipse; perhaps the process just needs to be made more accessible? Maybe I'll see if I can do an article on building Eclipse using Releng to complement the ones that are already there.

Apparently the idea of the short talks was to encourage people to sit in the same room with a randomsied selection of talks. I think that worked for some people, but there was a lot of energetic running to get between rooms to get in and out of specific talks. The fact that the talks started at odd times (13:27) didn't help, and nor did the fact that despite a JavaScript count-down, the talks didn't seem to run to any time. Perhaps having 8-minute bungy talks and then allow 2-minutes for handover/applause/moving between rooms would be better; and then, they could start at 13:10, 13:20 etc.