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Friday, March 14, 2008

Exciting news!

We've begun working on e5, the new generation Eclipse platform based on e4. It will be written from top to bottom entirely in XML because the brackets have officially changed.

In case you don't know what that means, first the brackets were Lisp (), then Smalltalk [], then Java {} and now XML <>. The code between the brackets is about the same, except in the XML case where math is not allowed.

All work is being performed behind closed doors in a evil lair.

Steve Northover
"... not the best community relations expert"

7 Comments:

  • In other news, Windows 7 features (yet another) graphics framework built entirely on LaTeX! Oh wait, that's Adobe...

    By OpenID Daniel, at 1:12 AM  

  • XML ... it can't get big enough, eh?

    By Blogger Gunnar, at 5:10 AM  

  • No, this is not thinking big at all!

    The big thing these days is something declarative - everything imperative is just like assembler, right? And since we don't want to miss the boat on SOA and the WS-soup, e6 should be written as a set of WS-Policy definitions, describing the mandated use of a universal computing platform described as a number of protocol exchanges, a list of acceptable bindings, a set of profiles describing the combination of said bindings and profiles, and finally some additional metadata definitions describing how to describe everything. That would make it cutting edge!

    (Don't forget the cutesy name like "bEclipse on Brackets")

    By Blogger Jesper Steen Møller, at 4:09 PM  

  • And lo' the day shall come when we run out of bracket styles and shall have to create new forms with which to baffle the masses.

    By Blogger Jeff Brown, at 3:03 AM  

  • I suggest branching out into non-ASCII characters. There's a whole world of bizarre, non-Latin, bracket-ish Unicode options just waiting to be explored!

    By OpenID Daniel, at 2:39 AM  

  • Been there, done that, it's called APL.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 AM  

  • I agree. I'm all for write once, run away.

    By Blogger Steve, at 8:32 AM  

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