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EclipseCon 2010 Program In The Bag

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If you have been tracking the EclipseCon submission system, or tweets from @eclipsecon, or blog posts from Donald Smith, you will have noticed that the Program Committee have finalized the program for 2010.

We’ve rejected far, far more submissions than we accepted, and probably upset some people. Sorry about that. Lucky for me, I’m getting the positive mail and Donald is getting the grief. Just in case you wanted to know, the decision process went a bit like this:

  • the big list of submissions was reviewed – we set up small teams from the Program Committee to review based on tags assigned to the submissions to do this
  • each tag team did a full review of the abstracts in their tag area and came back to the group with the “must-haves”
  • we gathered all the “must-haves” into lists for each talk type and spent over eight hours arguing about which were the most appropriate to choose for the program

All during this period, talks were being shrunk in size, coalesced, moved around and generally acting like quicksand.

I need to offer many thanks to guys on the Program Committee for the big pile of work they put in over the weekly conference calls and the big push in the endgame. They are:

When these guys failed to reject your talk, I stepped in and did so. I’d also like to recognize the excellent contributions of two others who for one reason or another needed to withdraw from the committee:

Gabe O’Brien provided great help and timely support in the extension and massaging of the various recondite figaries of the submission system.

If your talk has been accepted – good stuff, start making your slides and, more importantly, your demos. Resist the urge to crow about it on twitter, if you can. If your talk has not been accepted – we will have outside-program space as part of the Unconference in the evenings. If you are coming along to the conference, you will get a chance to pitch your project or work. We’ll roll out plans and guidelines on how that will come together over the next couple of weeks.

Keep working on your talks. You should know your own stats at this stage. It takes me a total of about twenty hours to prepare from scratch a mediocre forty-minute talk about something I know pretty well. To do a shorter and better-quality talk takes considerably longer.

See you in Santa Clara in March.

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January 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Blog Administrivia for 2010

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New year, new blog theme, new content. This year I’m going to add more non-career-related material to the blog, primarily to keep me interested in doing more writing. You might like it too.

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January 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Welcome to 2010!

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I predict this will be the year of the Most Number of Disappointed EclipseCon Submitters Ever.

Myself and the Program Committee are trawling through the many, many submissions for EclipseCon 2010, and having a rough time finding space for so many potentially interesting talks. It’s even rougher than usual this year.

If you have submitted a proposal, keep an eye on your email for communications. We’re trying hard to produce a balanced program that caters to everyone – but Eclipse has a large ecosystem and while we are trying to be as diverse as possible in our choices, there will be good material we will have to leave out from the official program.  We may ask you to restructure your talk, or make it shorter, or merge it with another talk. If you have submitted multiple talks on the same topic, or with a core plus tangential topics, well, I guess you can see where this is going 🙂

Ok, so much for the gloomy part — the upside is that we will have a really neat collection of talks this year that accurately (as much as we can) reflect the popularity of the various topics. So far it seems to fit the demographic we’ve seen before, with Modeling, Runtime, Java and UI/RCP being the most popular areas. The new tag Build and Continuous Integration has entered the charts pretty high up too, not unexpected with the multiple approaches now becoming available to build Eclipse products and plug-ins.

If your talk is rejected, don’t forget that we will also run an Unconference event in the evenings – you might still get a chance to say your piece. You might want to think of it as a just-off-Broadway show alternative.

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January 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm