The three EclipseCon 2012 keynotes have been announced. Each of the keynotes talk about a key trend in our community and industry, so I am very excited that we were able to line-up such great speakers.
2. Open Hardware. Open source hardware is one of the interesting trends in the open source community. At EclipseCon Europe we had a keynote from the founder of Arduino. At EclipseCon 2012, we are very pleased to have Ford Motor Company and Bug Labs join us to talk about their vision for creating an application platform for the car of the future.
Over the last number of years, I have been watching Bug Labs push the concept of pluggable hardware and using OSGi and Eclipse tools as the software platform. Their new project with Ford, called OpenXC, is a fascinating extension to some of the concepts we all know and appreciate in the Eclipse community.
3. Future Developer Tool Chains. Mik Kersten, well-known in the Eclipse community as the creator of Mylyn, is going to talk about the future of ALM. Mylyn has changed the way a lot of people use Eclipse, with its task focus perspective. Mik is going to talk about what is next and how many of the developers are starting to externalize their development work, just like they are using many of the social networking tools to externalize their relationships.
Over the last number of years, the Eclipse project community has been changing how we think of our tool chain. Eclipse projects are making use of Hudson, moving to Git, and looking forward to using tools like Gerrit, so things are definitely changing. A lot of this change is one reason I think the Agile ALM Connect conference is so compelling. It will be great to have Mik put this change into perspective.
Keynotes are certainly one small part of the overall program but I think we have a great line-up of topics and speakers. As a reminder, very early registration for EclipseCon ends December 31. You know you want to go, so why not save some money and register now.