Life at Eclipse

Musings on the Eclipse Foundation, the community and the ecosystem

Happy Birthday!

Today marks the fifth birthday of the Eclipse Foundation. My how time flies when you’re having fun!

It is customary to mark these types of occasions with a bit of an retrospective. My challenge is to try to condense the swirl of activity that is Eclipse into some common themes and significant highlights.

So here goes: the top three things that I am proud of at the Eclipse Foundation over its first five years:

  1. Our community. The Eclipse community is a big place, filled with contributors, committers, users, developers and business people alike. Our community has grown dramatically over the past five years and we think the best is yet to come. But what I really enjoy is the gestalt of the Eclipse community. To best understand the sense of collaboration and innovation that permeates Eclipse, I highly recommend joining us at EclipseCon in March. I know I’m biased, but I really believe it to be one of the best developer conferences on the planet.
  2. Our technology. Eclipse’s technology has relatively little to do with the Eclipse Foundation per se, since we do not direct the projects or their technical decisions. However, I think that we at the Foundation can claim that we have helped to recruit new projects and new technology innovations to come to Eclipse. (Yesterday’s announcement that Jetty has proposed moving to Eclipse is a recent example.) And that has resulted in a much larger and more diverse collection of cool projects than I think any of us imagined five years ago.
  3. Our team. We really do have a great team working here at the Eclipse Foundation. Every single one is committed to and passionate about the Eclipse community, and works darn hard to make it a better place. Oh ya, and we have a lot of fun as well!

It has certainly been an exciting time over the past five years. I look forward to the challenges and excitement of the next five.

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Written by Mike Milinkovich

January 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Foundation

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