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Blog Archive for scottschram during March 2005

Jeff Norris and Mark Powell of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory gave a fascinating presentation at EclipseCon regarding NASA's adoption of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform for Mars rover mission planning software. Rover Operations - Each Martian morning, the rovers receive a full day of instructions. They operate autonomously all day, and transmit the resulting images and data back to earth at...
Apple Developer Connection had a booth at EclipseCon last week, and are showing signs of support for Eclipse with an article posted just in time for the conference. The article, "Developing Java Applications on Mac OS X with Eclipse" also serves as a nice introduction to Eclipse for non-Mac users. The Apple personnel were openly stating that they are planning to hire an SWT software engineer....
The Eclipse BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) project demonstrated their first milestone release at EclipseCon today. The project released version 1.0M1 on February 28. The initial report generation capabilities look quite interesting, with JDBC support, Eclipse-based GUI Query and Report designer, charting and instant preview. The tutorial requires Microsoft Access, however it is...
Tim O'Reilly spoke Tuesday morning to an audience of about 900 at EclipseCon about business model patterns in the era of low-cost open source components. He began by quoting Korzybski, "The map is not the territory", suggesting that the conventional thinking about industry business models might be in need of reframing. In the age of commodity PC hardware, there are profitable business models on...