Inside SWT

Monday, December 18, 2006

I am Eclipse

The other day, I found out I was Eclipse. Apparently, Eclipse is a grizzled old platform hacker, whose every second word is f*ck ...

Seriously, I can see both sides of the "Eclipse is You" thing. Sometimes, people just complain and don't help (sometimes they are paid to do this but that's another story). Those must be the people Ward is talking about. Other people submit really good patches and we run out of time to process them. Often in SWT land, patches contain the essence of a fix or feature, but the real implementation is much more work. One thing that people don't seem to understand is that once an API is in, it can never come out. It must be supported forever. That's a long time (and a lot of work).

Anyhow, please hang in there and ping those bug reports that contain patches.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Watch for a surprise appearance by the Blue Man Group in Mel Gibson's newest blockbuster!


Monday, December 11, 2006

Big news!

There's been some negativity lately on EclipseZone (shame on you) and elsewhere about Eclipse, the number one, kick-ass, couldn't-live-without, Java IDE desert topping and floor wax. Why?

Big News: Google joined Eclipse. I know some of those guys. They are smart. They hacked their way through SWT, OLE, the browser, submitted patches and found bugs. That's big news for me.

Bigger news: A Brazilian joined NetBeans. Not such big news for me, I already have two.

My advice: Don't drink the kool aid! There's stuff in there that's bad for you.