EclipseCon 2011 – What I Saw

Spending the week at EclipseCon 2011 in Santa Clara, and I figured this would be a good place to capture what I am hearing about Jazz in the Eclipse Community.

Monday March 21

First day of the conference and I am arriving late, in the afternoon, after the Sunday pre-conference meetings and the Monday keynote.  I did make it to a general session on Eclipse direction, which highlighted some of the new Eclipse projects.  The most interesting one to me was the Orion project, which is a project to develop a browser based IDE.  It looks pretty cool, I need to see some of the other sessions on it.  I met up with Jim Ruehlin, a fellow Jumpstart guy, and we discussed some of the things that we saw during the day.

Tuesday March 22

Spent the day showing conference attendees Jazz technologies, and discussing the various ways that the technology makes software development more seamless.  had a great conversation over lunch about how Agile and Cloud technologies are changing the way that we think of delivering value to customers with software.  The extreme example that I was presented with was the question, “Imagine that you deliver your product to a Cloud instance (whether that is development tools, email clients, office applications, etc.), and that you deliver new code every day.  Each day you have more changes and updates in the pipeline, that have undergone a full testing cycle, that get deployed.  What would stop you from doing this?  There are companies out there that are starting to approach this.  Couldn’t you do this with development tools, and just charge based on metered/subscription usage?”  It was a thought provoking question, and it makes a lot of sense.  it would completely change the current business model that many (but not all) software development tools vendors follow.  The big issues that we saw were risk (it is new and relatively unproven), security (is my code going to end up on WikiLeaks?), and trust (if you are updating things daily, or weekly, how can I be sure that you won’t impact me at the worst time).  It was an interesting conversation, and it went well past the end of the lunch break.

One of the IBM guys (Jeff Hanson) at the pedestals got an interesting question, and he asked me.  “If a customer is using Microsoft SQL Server as the backend database for Jazz, how many SQL Server licenses are needed?”  In my usual manner, when I don’t know something, I told him to look it up on the Jazz forums.  He didn’t find the answer there, but he did find this Microsoft licensing document, and buried in the fine print is the stipulation that, “Use of hardware and/or software that reduces the number of devices or users that directly access or use the software
(multiplexing/pooling) does not reduce the number of CALs required.”  So it seems like you need enough user licenses to cover your total number of Jazz users, or use their per processor licensing, regardless of how Jazz pools connections.

Wednesday March 23

The keynote this morning (The Java Renaissance) was pretty good, with a guy from IBM (John Duimovich) and a guy from Oracle (Mark Rienhold) explaining why the two companies were going to team up and support the open JDK.  It was an interesting presentation, although nobody was here from Apple (which joined soon after IBM last year).  Hmmmmmm.  It seems like there are some very solid plans to continue to expand Java’s capabilities.

I spent most of the remainder of the day setting up for my workshop (Making Rational Team Concert Do Anything – The RTC Extensions Workshop).  Just noticed that Jim Ruehlin has his mug splashed on the conference page, and gets top billing!!  That’s OK, he’s a good all around guy, a good technical guy, and I do like to read his blog, called JazzPractices.  He also did a talk on how to do Android development in Jazz entitled, Droid meets Rational Team Concert: Collaborative Development for Android Teams.

The Making Rational Team Concert Do Anything – The RTC Extensions Workshop went OK, the people who attended seemed to get a lot out of it.  i would have loved t have had better attendance, but our students provided me with some valuable feedback which I hope to get incorporated into the workshop before we put it up on

Thursday March 24

The morning talk on Hadoop was pretty good.  I learned quite a bit about Hadoop, and if I have some time in the future I might look into it a bit more deeply.  Check it out yourself at the Cloudera website.

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