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EclipseCon Europe 2013 was a great success

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Well, EclipseCon Europe 2013 ended this week and it was a great success. With over 500 attendees it was the largest EclipseCon Europe to date, and although it’s notionally my local one it was my first time attending.

There were a few great keynotes – from Google’s Brian Fitzpatrick talking about the human element of software engineering through Marty Weiner’s talk on scaling Pinterest and finishing with IBM’s Ian Robinson on the evolution of the WebSphere platform server from monolithic codebase through to a relatively lightweight OSGi container engine.

The last one was most interesting for me, as my involvement with Eclipse grew out of WebSphere’s service and related products over ten years ago, and it’s fascinating to see where they have come since then. At the conference, Graham Charters was trekking around with a suitcase containing a remote control car that had a Raspberry Pi running a WebSphere Liberty Profile server that could be controlled via a URL (which was advertised on the back as a QR code, naturally).

I also gave a lightening talk on Embedding JGit; more on that shortly.

There was an increasing amount of Machine to Machine (M2M) projects; I’ve written up a post at InfoQ on the status of the M2M projects, and I’m particularly excited about the Smart Home project (which I’ve also written about at InfoQ). Considering that the M2M working group was formed less than a couple of years ago, the number of projects that have moved to Eclipse or are in the process of doing so is staggering. There were presentations or tutorials covering most of these at EclipseCon, including one from Bosch on “M2M on Wheels” which is looking at converging the internet of things and motor vehicles.

What’s perhaps interesting is that fewer sessions on EclipseCon are now looking at Eclipse the IDE. There were still a few (“Kung Fu JDT” being my favourite) but the Eclipse community, as it is growing wider, is moving away from the IDE roots and into the M2M space. At some point the number of embedded projects is going to overtake the number of IDE projects (and for that matter, the number of connected embedded devices is going to overtake developers, too). It reminds me of the growth of the Apache Foundation, which started out with just a web server, then expanded into Java projects and more recently any number of different languages.

Whatever the reason, the Eclipse Foundation is in fine shape, with a new European subsidiary setting up home in a key location in Europe. Here’s to the next year’s EclipseCon Europe!

Also, thanks to Packt Publishers who supported both the book giveaways and the 25% discount codes on the eBooks for various Eclipse related books. These tokens are valid until the 7th November if you’re interested in picking up a copy before then: