Kite Club: Committer Edition

>> Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Here in Ottawa, everyone is looking forward to summer vacations after an extremely busy release cycle. My good friend Sonia has introduced us to sport kiting.

Flying a kite is a very relaxing way to spend lunch hour - thoughts of builds and bugs are swept away. Sonia can really make the kite dance.

I just try to keep it up in the air without crashing spectacularly. In some ways, it's similar to being a buildmeister...

Some people see kiting as an extreme sport. Others go kite skiing.

The other day, we discovered that Prism offers a p2 sport kite. It is described as follows

The P.2 develops impressive pull in a strong breeze but responds with crisp precision to your inputs. It’s astonishingly easy to recover from a collapse or a crash due to its oversized air inlets, and when the wind picks up it’ll really scream along. Want more power? Stack one, two, or three more P.2’s in a train and get ready to go for a ride!

I look forward to seeing p2, Eclipse 3.4 and Ganymede take flight.


Platform-releng endorses p2, not paddles

>> Friday, March 14, 2008

Zx has suggested that the Eclipse project's releng team has become soft. What? In fact, we're in pretty good shape due to the amount of shovelling we've done to move the 4m (13 feet) of snow that has fallen in Ottawa this winter. We don't have to resort to Photoshop for extra muscle tone :-)

I did give out out a clown nose this week. It wasn't well received...although in the process I learned some new French vocabulary from a certain Equinox committer. Integrating p2 into the build was really a group effort. We are using the p2 code compiled in the build to build the there are bootstrapping issues. It would have been ideal to have more time to test the integration but with EclipseCon immediately followed by M6 we had to get in this week's build. I'll write later on how we are transforming our build process with p2. It promises to alleviate many pain points. However, as always, change reveals many implementation details. For other teams, the transformation will be much much simpler. We now have a build that works with p2 goodness. In the end, that's all that matters.

I saw a preview of Pascal's p2 talk this afternoon and I'd highly recommend taking the opportunity to attend it at EclipseCon and learn more.

As for using paddles as a deterrent for build breakage...well is rated PG. I'll leave the paddling activities to other websites...


Eclipse 3.4M5 now available

>> Friday, February 08, 2008

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Eclipse 3.4M5 is now available for download . Please peruse the New and Noteworthy here.

M6 promises to be even more dramatic milestone, with plans for new Equinox and PDE bundles to hatch from incubation and into the SDK.


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