Monthly Archives: October 2011

EclipseCon 2012 – We Need You!

Everyone sounds excited about the upcoming EclipseCon Europe 2011. Having been to a few of them, I can confidently say you guys are going to have an awesome time. EclipseCon, whether it’s in North America or Europe, is always a great event. It’s great because of the people. Because of the community and comradery that we all share whether we’re in the sessions, in the halls, or in the bar :). It’s a great opportunity to show off what we’ve been working on, to help those who want to learn more, and to help grow the community.

So while you’re packing for EclipseCon Europe, I’d love it if you gave some thought towards EclipseCon North America 2012 next March in a cool new location. The submission deadline is a fast approaching November 11. The success of each EclipseCon leans so heavily on the quality of program. And with such talented people in our community, I know we can put a super program together. But we need your help.

Please think of a great talk or tutorial topic and head over to the submission system and put it in. The earlier you get it in, the more time the Program Committee can spend with it and offer advice to fine tune it for our audience and make sure it’s the best it can be. Take your opportunity to help make EclipseCon North America 2012 the best it can be too.

http://www.eclipsecon.org/2012/program/sessions/proposed

Honoured to be your EclipseCon 2012 Program Chair.
Doug.

A Reprint for Steve Jobs

I wrote this back in March after being totally inspired by Steve Job’s iPad 2 keynote. The passion in his voice led me to believe this was to be his last message to us and he really wanted us to understand what he was trying to say. And in the end I was right. I will never forget those words and I was going to write about them again, but what I wrote back then says is about as good as I can ever do now. Rest in peace, Steve, and we will all try to keep your legacy alive.

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As a senior software engineer wondering how the hell does Apple make such great products, if you do anything, listen to the last five minutes of Steve Jobs’ keynote introducing the iPad 2. It opened my eyes and made me a believer. Here’s what he had to say:

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing. And nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices. These devices need to be more intuitive than a PC where the software and the hardware and the applications need to intertwine in a more seamless way than they do on a PC. And we think we’re on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon but in the organization to build these kinds of products”.

It’s the passion with which he said it, and the proof in the products that Apple continues to deliver, that have won over an army of fanboys, that proves he indeed does have the right formula. Technology built for humans, what an incredibly simple yet unappreciated idea by so many in our industry. Sure we have the odd usability expert sprinkled through our organizations, but to have an organization and culture and passion built around these ideas? What magic we could make.

The good news is that I don’t think Apple has a patent on these ideas. If they do, I quit now. But I don’t think so. Is it possible for a techie to understand what needs to be done? I have my doubts. Techies are an odd sort. We’ve all seen it. The uber-geek who writes a killer algorithm to make products sing. But he needs help. He needs that special someone to show him how to take that algorithm and produce something regular people will fall in love with. The path is there, and we see it in everything that Apple makes, it works. But don’t let them have a monopoly on it.