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Industries are relying either on ad hoc or rigid tools for systems engineering. Either the tool is built “in-house” and grow organically or it is bought to one of the big software vendors and then the company have to adapt its practices and teams to use it. Such software vendors might use every opportunity to lock in their users, in both cases the tool longevity is quite uncertain. In the last 11 years, Obeo went from a 3-to-50 persons company and from an unknown organization to one of the largest contributor to the Eclipse Modeling technologies leading individual projects (Sirius, Acceleo, EMF Compare) up to worldwide awareness. We Are Obeo! We’ve been challenging this status quo since day one. What if there could be a solution which would be adaptable yet built on strong methodological and technical foundations, open-source, available to all, and with an open governance. A software that anybody can download and use without going through a registration, a tool built...
I’m deeply honored of being part of the program committee again for EclipseCon Europe 2017. Each year I’m amazed at this conference, it was one of the first Eclipse event I attend and since then it has always had a strong friendly vibe to it. In the last few years it evolved into the main international event for the Eclipse community, attending it should be a no brainer. This conference is great because of the content and the people, help us select good content by submitting it! By my count we already have more than 170 submissions and the usual last minute flood might start any minute from now. In the next few hours the call for papers will be closed: now is a good time to hit that submit button. Small is beautiful: submit abstracts which are “to the point” are giving clear insight into what content and structure you are proposing. No need for 400 words of context, stick to what makes your submission relevant to EclipseCon and interesting to share. submit your talk now ! and see ...
Every year the Eclipse M7 milestone act as a very strong deadline for the projects which are part of the release train: it’s then time for polishing and refining! Time's up ! Pencils down, it's M7 ! — Cédric Brun (@bruncedric) 4 mai 2010 When your company is responsible for a number of inter-dependent projects some of them core technologies like EMF Services , the GMF Runtime, others user facing tools like Acceleo, Sirius or EcoreTools, packaging and integration oriented projects like Amalgam or the Eclipse Packaging project and all of these releases needs to be coordinated, then may is a busy month. This week: M7 milestones for EcoreTools, Amalgam, Sirius, testing the Modeling package. Plot twist: 3 work days ! pic.twitter.com/msqQkImRu4 — Cédric Brun (@bruncedric) 3 mai 2016 I’m personally involved in EcoreTools which makes me in the position to step in the role of the consumer of the other technologies and my plan for Oxygen was to make use of the Property Views support includ...

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Last week, Obeo sent me to San Jose, California to attend the 1st Eclipse Converge and Devoxx US which was really cool of them. It makes sense to co-locate those events as both involved Java developers and open source projects. I really believe that these communities have so many things to share that this week in California would be a great occasion to learn from each other. Eclipse Converge I started my week by attending Eclipse Converge, a one-day event dedicated to the Eclipse community and co-located with the IoT day. The number of Eclipse committers present was amazing, which was particularly noticeable thanks to the Eclipse committer swag, a cool purple hoodie! One thing I noticed is that this year for the first time, they have it in women sizes! This is one of those little things which helps our community to become more diverse! Thanks Eclipse Foundation, I love it so much! As all Eclipse events, it was a great moment of social networking, attending high quality talks, meetin...
At Obeo, we believe that modeling is the right way to help IT and industry engineers collaborate efficiently on the design of their smart products. Our innovative approach consists of building specific modeling tools that completely suit users’ business domains. Modeling is a means to an end: by using modeling technologies we make sure that such a tool can be defined faster, as well as deployed and maintained better. To achieve this goal, we develop highly customizable open source software, such as Eclipse Sirius. We consider that a modeling tool must be adaptable, flexible, and user-friendly. This year again, we worked hard to focus on that! As you may know, Sirius is the easiest way to get your own modeling tool and to do it rapidly. Indeed, it dramatically reduces the time spent on creating domain-specific modeling workbenches thanks to an interpretation mode that allows very short feedback-loops. In 2016, we invested time in the Eclipse Ecore Tools project to facilitate the def...