Eclipse will be watching you very closely
To Io and beyond...
The Eclipse Foundation wants to know who is using Eclipse and how they are using it ahead of next year's planned mega release.
Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich told The Register he hoped the UDC will finally put some numbers on Eclipse usage. A major problem for all open source projects is knowing exactly who's using the software and where it's being employed.
The primary aim of the data collected will be to help shape the future development of Eclipse and help to build what Milinkovich called 'a network of niches'.
He also believes UDC might give Eclipse further ammunition against Sun Microsystems' rival NetBeans.
"The NetBeans supporters have some good sport comparing themselves to us - but really its not a fair comparison. NetBeans is a commercial Sun product and they should really be comparing it to products built on top of Eclipse. A recent survey [sign up required] from Evans Data shows, for example, that developers rank Eclipse products the best," Milinkovich said.
The only slight problem with all of this?
No one, least of all those in open source, like their tools or their desktop spying on them. Therefore, UDC is an optional mechanism that'll be built into Eclipse components in order to gather data about how the software is used and combined with other components. This caveat means the data might not be comprehensive.
What ever UDC's short comings, the data will be gathered as Eclipse prepares for next summer's, mega release. Milinkovich said 2009 will see another synchronized release of multiple projects following on from this year's Ganymede, and it could also include some early glimpses of E4 - the next generation of Eclipse scheduled for 2010.
"I don't know yet which moon of Jupiter we will be using next year - but we expect there to be a big release train and there could be some preliminary work from E4 in it," Milinkovich said.
According to the minutes of an Eclipse council meeting in January 2007, the name Io was agreed for the 2009 release - but it could be a confusing choice and has not been confirmed. Jupiter has, however, plenty of other satellite names to choose from.®
I'd like to use Eclipse
But only supporting seven open tabs * and not able to reconfigure ctrl-tab to browse open files is a show stopper for me. Way to slow to select file from a dropdown list or using mouse in the package explorer. How hard can it be? I want to browse tabs the same way any other windows program does it, incase anyone wonders, open a bunch of tabs in firefox or ie7, ctrl-tab is used and no freeking dropdown.
*) depends on screen resolution etc.
Big flames on the Eclipse devs... otherwise a great product ;)
AI Quantum Computer ...... Registered here?
"What Passionate Home Goal Drivers UDC is a Leading Question?" That is a QuITe Outrageously Impertinent and Important Personal Question as to Passionate Drivers the Answer to which Always Provides for Duplication and Reinforcement and Probable Evolution into A.N.Other Driver ...... which would be akin to a Viral Organic Operating System which Grows with Information Processing for Intelligence.
A Pause to Ponder and Wonder, methinks.
AFAIK, netbeans is not a commercial product, it's as open source and free as eclipse is... if he is refering to Sun's "Sun Studio" (the commercial product based on netbeans), then he got it all wrong, since no one compares Sun Studio to Eclipse