Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Maria C. Horton

Related Topics: Eclipse, Microservices Expo, Agile Computing, @CloudExpo, Apache

Eclipse: Article

Review of 2008: A Developer's Perspective

The year that's just ended was a terrific one for the proliferation of new technologies and frameworks

Suresh Krishna's Blog

The year that's just ended was a terrific one for the proliferation of new technologies and frameworks. I have been hearing a lot about the following technologies in the year 2008: mashups, cloud computing, domain modeling, Eclipse - especially Equinox, Single Sourcing, and EclipseLink.

Mashups : JackBe is an Enterprise Mashup software company and has the series of products like Presto Server, Presto Composer and Presto Connectors. They also have a great Eclipse Plugin to support the advanced developer. This gives Java programmers complete control to design, debug and deploy mashups, all powered into the Eclipse IDE. As opposed to the simple consumer oriented content feeds and screen scrapping, JackBe does a lot of serious work on the Enterprise level. I am extremely happy to know the Mashup company JackBe. Though in the current job i don’t work on Mashups, I have seen and understood the power of Mashups for the Enterprise/Business users and would like to really follow and see that this technology goes a long way in 2009.

The Mashups space also has the known players like Yahoo (Pipes), IBM (QEDWiki), Microsoft (Popfly), Google (MashupEditor), etc….

Cloud Computing : A generic concept involving SaaS, SOA and Web 2.0 to provide the technology independent IT capabilities as a service. Many technology platforms have emerged this year or become famous like Microsoft’s Azure, Amazon’s EC2, Salesforce’s Platform and others. I am probably imagining that the Cloud Computing will be a huge phenomenon as compared to SaaS or SOA or Web 2.0, as this brings in too many perspectives like Servers, OS, Platforms, Frameworks, Development Tools, etc… specialized for working in Cloud.

Domain Modeling : Oops… no fumes please. I know this is not a new topic at all. I have seen too many presentations on the Domain Modeling and in general Model Driven Development (MDA) compared to last few years. A real good thing is that EMF is lot matured and is of production quality now. When I was working with Robert Bosch, we built an entire automotive IDE with the help of EMF and it was amazing to see the power of EMF and its tooling around it. Thanks to Ed Merks and others who made this modeling journey wonderful.

As I see in Europe, there are many companies using the modeling techniques to solve their business problems. Looks like in other parts of the world is yet to embrace modeling or in general MDA for the commercial products. I see fewer presentations and general discussions about this topics. Probably companies will look at the power of the domain modeling and soon will become main stream architectural philosophy.

Eclipse Community : There have been real great technologies and frameworks that have come from the Eclipse Community. I would like to name a few and I am sure that others are also equally good.

Equinox is runtime project with the reference implementation of the OSGi 4.1 and JSR 291 specifications. This year’s Ganymede release consists of the Equinox p2 component with the provisioning framework for Eclipse based applications. Many thanks to Neil Bartlett for providing a practical OSGi book in PDF under a Creative Commons license. With the help of the OSGi/Equinox, Eclipse is made available on the server too with the Rich Ajax Platform (RAP). This is a great project which focuses on running Eclipse on server side and enabling almost all the Desktop widgets on the Web Browser with the Qooxdoo Java Script library.

Single Sourcing is really exciting for me as i was involved in many projects converting Desktop Application -> Web Application and vice-versa. Of course with eRCP, now its possible to have a single source code for the Desktop application (RCP) and with minimal changes, the application can be run on the Web Browser(RAP) and Mobile Application (eRCP). Recently i worked on a three part tutorial on the IBM devWorks with full step-by-step instruction and source code.

The EclipseLink project is a runtime project to provide persistence solution focused on leading standards for enterprise Java and SOA application development. Dali Java Persistence Tools, to support the building of extensible frameworks to simplify, define, and edit Object-Relational (O/R) mappings for EJB 3.0 Java Persistence API (JPA) Entities. Oracle has many other cool runtime and tooling projects ranging from JSF Tooling, Teneo (now part of EMF) and others.

Other Products i liked : EclipseCon 2008 gave some insights into the IBM’s Jazz platform with Jazz Server and Rational Team Concert. Jazz is a software collaboration platform built on the Eclipse, OSGi and other technologies. Jazz provides a seamless integration of the work flow and software development.

MyEclipse has a powerful feature set with the support for RESTful Webservices, Maven, Java Script Tools, Spring Tools, Reports, JSF Tools and others. MyEclipse always tries to simplify the user development effort by bringing valuable plugins and services together. MyEclipse also has a Blue edition for IBM RAD and websphere developers.

I am sure I omitted a lot more exciting technologies here. I am hoping to get more time in the year 2009 to look into other technologies. Currently I am reading “The Pragmatic Programmer” and seems to be a concise book to read. Authors organized the information in a very easily consumable way and everything seems to be having a very good flow. In the first two chapters the authors gives some tips and tricks to increase and improve programmers knowledge and profile. These suggestions seems to be very intuitive and helpful, hopefully planning to implement some of them in the new year.

Wish everyone a very safe, wonderful and healthy new year 2009.

More Stories By Suresh Krishna Madhuvarsu

Suresh Krishna works for a major Utilities company with a focus on frameworks and tools. He is passionate about the developer productivity and tools and blogs at http://sureshkrishna.com/blog.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Moroccanoil®, the global leader in oil-infused beauty, is thrilled to announce the NEW Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks, a collection of dual-benefit hair masks that deposit pure pigments while providing the treatment benefits of a deep conditioning mask. The collection consists of seven curated shades for commitment-free, beautifully-colored hair that looks and feels healthy.
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
We all love the many benefits of natural plant oils, used as a deap treatment before shampooing, at home or at the beach, but is there an all-in-one solution for everyday intensive nutrition and modern styling?I am passionate about the benefits of natural extracts with tried-and-tested results, which I have used to develop my own brand (lemon for its acid ph, wheat germ for its fortifying action…). I wanted a product which combined caring and styling effects, and which could be used after shampo...
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.