So I am currently at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame — fondly remembered as the site of our most recent EclipseCon — for the Zend/PHP conference. This is my third conference in eight days. London, Paris and San Francisco in eight days. Remind me to never do that again.
But the great thing is that no matter where I go, Eclipse is present in a big way.
- At the Symbian Smartphone show, Symbian and Nokia both made Eclipse-related announcements. Symbian announced that they were joining the Foundation, and that they will be making a significant on-going contribution to the C/C++ Development Tools (CDT) project.
Nokia announced its new Carbide product family of C/C++ development tools, based on CDT. This is Nokia’s foray into Eclipse-based C/C++ tools to complement their previously announced efforts in mobile Java (J2ME).
Also at the show, I got a demo of Wirelexsoft‘s visual programming tools for mobile applications. It is amazing to me what a small dedicated team can build on top of Eclipse in short order. This tool looks really powerful.
- Next stop was the OSGi World Congress where I was on a panel and gave a keynote. This was a smaller, more intimate conference. Lots of time and space to chat with people. A few notables I had an opportunity to meet were Richard Hall and Enrique Rodriguez from the Felix project, and Christer Larsson from Knoplerfish (thanks for the T-shirt!)
Here, the Eclipse Foundation got to do its own announce that we’re ready with OSGi R4, and that the Equinox project was being “promoted” to become part of the Eclipse project. The Eclipse runtime is entirely based on the OSGi spec. I consider the OSGi and Eclipse relationship a great example of open source and open standards working well together. Although there is strong competition between multiple open source and commercial implementations, I really found the OSGi community open and friendly to a relative newcomer.
- Today’s stop is at the Zend/PHP conference, where Zend announced that they are joining Eclipse as a Strategic Developer. They are going to be leading a project to implement PHP development tools at Eclipse. I think I said in my first press interview upon joining Eclipse that this community is about more languages and platforms than Java. Having Zend come to build PHP tools at Eclipse is a big step in that direction.
After a redeye home this evening, I don’t travel for almost ten days😉