Time for a new eclipse.org L&F

March 31, 2014

As with all good things, the time has come to give the eclipse.org web site a new look and feel. A lot has changed since the existing web site was launched over 5 years ago. Eclipse itself has evolved to bea large community of open source projects. The Eclipse Working Groups, ex. LocationTech, IoT, PolarSys and Automotive, have become important parts of the Eclipse community. The technology for building web sites has also changed significantly, with frameworks like Bootstrap and JQuery, becoming very popular.

Given this background, today we are making available a prototype of the new site. Our goal is to solicit feedback on the prototype before we make the big change in early June. The prototype is focus on the key pages of the site, including the home page and download page. We also worked on the header, footer and navigation menus. We did not work on the individual project pages but the expectation is that they will be able to move relatively easily to the new theme.

eclipse org screen shot

When we started we set out some goals for the new design:

  1. Make the site look nicer, ie. reduce some of the clutter, be more consistent with colours, etc.
  2. The web site should be responsive so it is usable on mobile devices.
  3. Make it easier for newcomers to get started at Eclipse.
  4. Help people discover and understand our Eclipse Working Group

To achieve these goals we put ogether a team of people to help design and advise on the new site. Chris Aniszczyk and Sven Efftinge provided feedback and advice from the committer/project perspective.  Nitin Dahyabhai and Russ Bateman helped provide the perspective of the newcomer to the Eclipse community. Finally, Christopher Guindon, Denis Roy, myself and Matt Joanisse, a graphic designer hired by the Foundation to work on the site, worked on the design, content and implementation. I’d like to thank all of these people for spending the time helping get us to this stage.

As I mentioned, now we would like to get feedback on the prototype from the community. In particular, we would like to know the following:

  1. Overall, what is your view of the site? We have started a survey to solicit your feedback.
  2. Have we missed some key content that should be referenced from the navigation menu or from the key landing pages?
  3. Is the Getting Started Page missing any important content you think newcomers would find useful?

Please provide the feedback via this survey. As with any creative initiative, we guarantee we will read all feedback but we might not agree to implement it. :-)

We know the prototype is not complete. We still need to implement the design for mobile devices. There are a number of pages that still need to be implemented with the new design. Some of the links are not correct or aren’t pointing to a page. These will certainly be done before the site is launched.

Overall, I am thrilled with the new design. I can’t wait to see it implemented on the live site. A huge thank you to Christopher, Matt and the entire team for getting us to this stage.


Winners of Eclipse Community Award

March 27, 2014

Last week at EclipseCon we announced the winners of the Eclipse Community Awards. We have so many amazing community members but it is nice to recognized some who have really made a difference.  

This year the winners were:

1. Top Newcomer Evangelist: Dani Megert. Dani has been doing an amazing job on the Eclipse platform project so this is a nice recognition for his efforts.

2. Top Committer: Tom Schindl. Tom is a leader in moving the Eclipse community to JavaFx with e(fx)clipse. JavaFX is definitely the future for Java so Tom’s contributions are very important for the Eclipse community as a whole.

3. Lifetime Achievement Award: Markus Knauer. Markus is one of those community members that dedicates an amazing amount of time to ensuring the overall success of Eclipse. Due to his dedication and ongoing work the Eclipse community has the download packages. Markus is the guy the press the button on building and checking the packages for each release train. If it weren’t for Markus, the release train wouldn’t leave the station.  Thank you Markus for the work and commitment to Eclipse!


Most popular tutorials at EclipseCon

February 26, 2014

EclipseCon is less than 3 weeks away; hard to believe. We have another great schedule of sessions and lots of opportunity to network with Eclipse community members.

Leading up to the start of EclipseCon it is always interesting to see what tutorials are popular with attendees. As in previous years, Eclipse 4 tutorials are at the top and it is nice to see Orion, Paho/MQTT and Tycho rounding out the top 5.

  1. What every Eclipse developer should know about Eclipse 4 (e4)
  2. Xtreme Eclipse 4: A tutorial on advanced usages of the Eclipse 4 platform
  3. End to End WebApp Development with Orion
  4. Powering your next Internet of Things app with MQTT
  5. Building Eclipse Plug-ins and RCP Applications with Tycho

 

It is still not too late to register for EclipseCon or a tutorial. I hope to see you in California.

 

 

 

 

 


Announcing IoTLive

February 14, 2014

April 9 is Global IoT Day, so we have decided to organize a virtual conference, called IoTLive. In partnership with Postscapes (a great resource of IoT information) we plan to host a number of panel sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • The Business of IoT
  • Industry Solutions
    (ex connected car, health, home)
  • IoT Standards and Protocols<
  • Open Software for IoT
  • Open Hardware for IoT
  • Connectivity & Mobile
  • Connecting the Enterprise<

Right now we are looking for speakers. The format of the event will be short presentations on a common topic, followed by a panel discussion. If you are interested in participating, let us know your proposal.

 


Introducing the updated Eclipse logo

February 13, 2014

Last fall we started a process to update the Eclipse logo. The existing logo had not been change since Eclipse was launched and it was showing its age. I am happy to announce we have finished the process and am pleased to introduce the updated Eclipse logo.

 

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In December we started to test two of the final concepts. One concept was closer to the existing logo and the other a more significant change.  The feedback we heard from a lot of committers and the architecture council was that they preferred the concept closer to the existing logo. Another point of consistent feedback was to bring back the purple colour. Once we tested the logo with the purple colour the positive perception of the logo increased significantly.  The final result looks great and will serve the community well for the next number of years.

You can download the new logo and related Built On Eclispe, Eclipse Ready and Eclipse Foundation Members logos from our new artwork page.  We have also updated our trademark and logo guidelines to restrict the usage of the new logo to the Eclipse Foundation and our projects. This means the new logo can only be used to identify Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation. Feel free to use it to link back to Eclipse but please don’t use it to create a derivative work for a new project or product.

The next steps will be to 1) include the new logo in the Luna release, 2) begin introducing it on our web site and 3) help projects update their own logos that might have used the old logo.

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback. It really helped get us to a great new logo.


Moving from Eclipse M2M to Eclipse IoT

February 6, 2014

We are in the process of renaming the Eclipse M2M initiative to Eclipse IoT. As I mentioned before, the working groups agreed to the change in December. It is a reflection that the tech industry is migrating to the more general and inclusive term ‘Internet of Things’ or IoT. I believe M2M will still be used, especially in the telco world, and we will still be active in ensuring open source wins for M2M solutions.

The renaming will continue over the next couple of weeks but I am very pleased with our new logo and the update iot.eclipse.org web site.  The Internet of Things will win when it is open and I am excited the Eclipse IoT community is leading the way. Remember to join us for the Eclipse IoT Day at EclipseCon on March 19th. You can also follow our twitter id.


IoT Links #13

February 1, 2014

Weekly set of links from the IoT and M2M industry:

1. Cisco announces their IOx platform with the ‘catchy’ term fog computing.  Stacey Higginbotham from GigaOm does a nice job explaining the significance. This is also a good video from Cisco explaining the announcement.

2. Microsoft seems to be now claiming Windows Embedded as the hub for IoT.  Good luck with that.

3. Good article on using Node-Red.

4. IoT Award Winners from Postscapes.  Interesting collection of products and companies.

 


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