Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Liz McMillan, Jayaram Krishnaswamy, Pat Romanski, David Sprott, Automic Blog

Related Topics: Java IoT

Java IoT: Article

Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

Tim'O Reilly, the eponymous publisher, kicked off EclipseCon 2005 in Burlinghame earlier this year with an excellent presentation titled "Open source business models and design patterns." As well as documenting various failures and successes in the computing world, one message that struck a chord was that to succeed in open source you must design for participation. Three days later, Lee Nackman, CTO of IBM Rational Software and one of the original thinkers behind the Eclipse project, demonstrated how this was one of the core principles built in from the ground up. It had led to the creation of the independent Eclipse Foundation that, among its other goals, had the aim of achieving serious participation from more vendors. This was demonstrated more than anything at the conference that, while last year was being talked about as a concept, occurred this year.

BEA, Borland, Scapa, and Sybase recently became strategic members of the Eclipse Foundation and are driving forward key projects. A quick look at the list of technology projects on www.eclipse.org/technology/ shows the level of participation and diversity of the efforts. The number of projects that were newly announced in the past few months is a nice litmus indicator of the health of Eclipse and its current growth phenomenon.

The booth floor of the conference had a large number of companies showcasing everything from testing and reporting products through code analyzers and high-level design tools. In 2004 many exhibitors were touting Eclipse integration while showing their existing product line elegantly shoe-horned into the workbench. This seems to be less prevalent where everyone from mom and pop to the big guns of software were demonstrating products that had a very high degree of fit and finish with respect to the platform and its integration API.

In 2004 there was a buzz around the ideas behind the Rich Client Platform (RCP); this year these were being demonstrated as a very real and working technology. The RCP's idea is that folks building tools for Eclipse should not be the only ones to benefit from its plug-in architecture, and developers of end-user applications in any domain can enjoy its concepts such as window management, UI frameworks, and having an update manager. RCP is an odd framework because on first inspection it doesn't really add anything to Eclipse; instead it allows for all vestiges of IDE-like features to be removed so the workbench becomes stripped down to its bare bones. What is impressive with RCP is that this idea has not only worked technically but has become an execution reality with projects such as NASA's Mars rover mission, which is planning on using it. The RCP team has also extended the plug-in development environment (PDE) to include specific wizards to help build RCP while the Visual Editor's SWT GUI builder supports creating RCP views. RCP often reminds me of the Internet, where a relatively simple idea is ready at the right time, free to use, and can have an explosive effect way beyond its initial conception on software development.

One of the questions at the end of EclipseCon 2004 was why the Web Tools Project (WTP) seemed to have stalled. Since then a lot has occurred with WTP and this year's conference had a number of technical sessions and a BoF on WTP showing its progress and the health of the project.

The Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform Project (TPTP) is another success story, with the goal of providing a common API and data model for monitoring, testing, tracing, and profiling tools. What is nice about TPTP is the way that its contributors have managed to create a very functional base yet they're the very same companies that provide value-add in their commercial offerings by extending TPTP in their own product lines that benefit from the core frameworks and data interchange model.

EcliseCon 2005 also saw interest in the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT), which has the goal of providing a set of reporting features and scripting to allow J2EE Web apps to produce Web- and PDF-based reports.

What I find refreshing about BIRT is that it was proposed by Actuate and TPTP is led by SCAPA, underlining the fact that the Eclipse Foundation enjoys and benefits from the depth and breadth of knowledge of the large number of companies that form its base.

I came away from this year's conference with the feeling that Eclipse, by its critical mass of participants, is being propelled along new and interesting paths that continue to stretch and test the framework along its underlying principle of extensibility around a plug-in architecture. One of the slides that stuck in my mind was by Carl Zetie, an analyst with Forrester's Application Development & Infrastructure Research Group. While doing market research on IDE usage, they had asked companies what their adoption of Eclipse was and received two different answers. The reported Eclipse usage from IT managers was lower than the programmers. The grass roots programmers who perhaps didn't like their department's set of tools had adopted Eclipse to become more productive, in a way that reminded me very much of the early growth of Microsoft Windows where individuals installed it and became productive while their IT departments were busy rolling out late and inflexible corporate systems. The fact that Jason Weber from Microsoft gave a talk at EclipseCon encouraging tools providers to develop for both Visual Studio and Eclipse simultaneously adds its own ironic chord.

More Stories By Joe Winchester

Joe Winchester, Editor-in-Chief of Java Developer's Journal, was formerly JDJ's longtime Desktop Technologies Editor and is a software developer working on development tools for IBM in Hursley, UK.

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.


@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...
In his keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, discussed the evolution of the company from inception to its recent acquisition by EMC – including personal insights, lessons learned (and some WTF moments) along the way. Learn how Virtustream’s unique approach of combining the economics and elasticity of the consumer cloud model with proper performance, application automation and security into a platform became a breakout success with enterprise customers and a natural fit for the EMC Federation.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect their organization.
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In her keynote at @ThingsExpo, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, discussed IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors.
There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee.
Akana has released Envision, an enhanced API analytics platform that helps enterprises mine critical insights across their digital eco-systems, understand their customers and partners and offer value-added personalized services. “In today’s digital economy, data-driven insights are proving to be a key differentiator for businesses. Understanding the data that is being tunneled through their APIs and how it can be used to optimize their business and operations is of paramount importance,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of Akana.
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models.
The enterprise market will drive IoT device adoption over the next five years. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Greenough, an analyst at BI Intelligence, division of Business Insider, analyzed how companies will adopt IoT products and the associated cost of adopting those products. John Greenough is the lead analyst covering the Internet of Things for BI Intelligence- Business Insider’s paid research service. Numerous IoT companies have cited his analysis of the IoT. Prior to joining BI Intelligence, he worked analyzing bank technology for Corporate Insight and The Clearing House Payment...
"Optimal Design is a technology integration and product development firm that specializes in connecting devices to the cloud," stated Joe Wascow, Co-Founder & CMO of Optimal Design, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CommVault has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A singular vision – a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs – guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unp...
Electric Cloud and Arynga have announced a product integration partnership that will bring Continuous Delivery solutions to the automotive Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The joint solution will help automotive manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators adopt DevOps automation and Continuous Delivery practices that reduce software build and release cycle times within the complex and specific parameters of embedded and IoT software systems.
"ciqada is a combined platform of hardware modules and server products that lets people take their existing devices or new devices and lets them be accessible over the Internet for their users," noted Geoff Engelstein of ciqada, a division of Mars International, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.