Jazoon 2011, Day 2 – Jazoon Rookie Award

26. June, 2011

Benjamin Muskalla showed a better workflow to handle patches by OSS contributors using Eclipse MylynSee this video for an introduction to the idea.

After him, Alessandro Nadalin showed some advantages of using REST (and when not to use it). My criticism is that HTTP caching is brittle as it stands and can cause all kinds of problems. So, yes, if the caching works, REST is great. But if it breaks, all kinds of havoc can ensue. Worse, many problems simply don’t well with REST. Twitter and RSS feed downloads? Yes. Web conversations? No.

Lastly, we had Ivo  Neskovic demonstrating Project FoX which allows to define mathematical rules to which some code has to comply. The demonstrated example (a buffer) was simple enough. As always, there was no telling how amount of work grows with code size. Most of these tools suffer from the problem that a) the effort grows exponentially (so you need 4 times the effort to handle twice as much code) and/or b) there is an explosion of test cases (so you might have all the tests but it would take years to run them).

Jazoon 2011, Day 1 – Eclipse Mylyn: Redefining the “I” of the IDE – Benjamin Muskalla

26. June, 2011

Eclipse Mylyn: Redefining the “I” of the IDE – Benjamin Muskalla

Mylyn is one of those things that can change your world if you just give it a chance. The talk emphasized one of the major points: We write the code in an IDE (integrated, not intelligent), we track bugs in a bug tracker, we communicate with email, twitter and Facebook and we track progress on a piece of paper.

Being able to save the context (i.e. the classes and files involved) in a bug, so, say, a junior doesn’t have to wade through the whole source to even get started, is something that I’ve been missing several times already. If only I wasn’t such an old dog, already.


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