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VMblog Q&A: An Exclusive Inside Look from Mike Milinkovich at What to Expect at EclipseCon 2021

We've got some great events coming up as we end the year.  One of those events worth signing up for is EclipseCon.  To find out more about the event, and more about the Eclipse Foundation, VMblog spoke to Mike Milinkovich who has been involved in the software industry for over thirty years, doing everything from software engineering, to product management to IP licensing.  And he has been the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since 2004.

VMblog:  Tell us a little about the Eclipse Foundation and its background.

Mike Milinkovich:  The Eclipse Foundation is one of the largest open source foundations in the world. We're probably best known for the Eclipse IDE used by millions of developers or perhaps for the Jakarta EE platform, the open source successor to Java EE. However, we are also the largest open source organization focused on IoT and Edge Computing technologies. The Eclipse IoT Working Group and Edge Native Working Group have members including Bosch, Intel, Huawei, Red Hat, Eurotech, ADLINK, and many more. Together, these projects have generated more than 30M lines of code. We are also heavily involved in supporting open source solutions for the automotive industry, as well as a strong focus on cloud-based development technologies.

VMblog:  Can you give us some details around EclipseCon?  What can we expect?

Milinkovich:  EclipseCon is the leading conference for developers, architects, and open source business leaders to learn about Eclipse technologies, share best practices, and really come together as a community. EclipseCon is our biggest event of the year and connects the Eclipse ecosystem and the industry's leading minds to explore common challenges and innovate together on open source runtimes, tools, and frameworks for cloud and edge applications, IoT, artificial intelligence, connected vehicles and transportation, and much more. You can see the full program of technical talks, participate in community day and network with the open source community.

VMblog:  What are some topics that will be discussed this year?

Milinkovich:  We will primarily be focusing on our four core "pillars" of development. This includes our Web and Desktop Tools & IDEs track that will cover Eclipse projects like Theia,  Che, OpenVSX and more. These are really focused on cloud-based development and tooling. This is also a big year for Cloud Native Technologies which will cover Jakarta EE and Microprofile. Jakarta EE, in particular, is fueling a renaissance in open source enterprise Java. The IoT & Edge track will cover Industry 4.0, smart city, building automation, smart home, and other emerging use cases. And last, but not least, our automotive group will be making some major news with industry leaders.

VMblog:  Is there any exciting news that you are planning to announce at EclipseCon this year?

Milinkovich:  Without giving away too much, you can expect some significant news involving our recently announced partnership with the OpenAtom foundation focused on the OpenHarmony operating system and platform. We will be talking more about the open source projects and a working group in support of this relationship. There will also be some major news on the software-defined vehicle front involving some pretty heavy hitters in the industry. Finally, we'll be celebrating two important anniversaries - the Eclipse IDE is turning 20 and our Eclipse IoT Working Group is turning 10!

VMblog:  Are there any sessions that would be particularly interesting for first-time attendees?

Milinkovich:  There are so many great talks planned this year, but I think technologists new to our community would be particularly interested in these talks:

In addition to these can't miss sessions, we have community day, focused on and around working groups and Eclipse projects. These sessions offer content organized by the community groups themselves, and often provide an introduction for those new to the Eclipse community.

VMblog:  When does the event take place and how can people get registered and join?

Milinkovich:  EclipseCon is a free virtual event, taking place October 25-28, 2021. Register to join us. For more information on this event check and @eclipsecon.


Published Monday, October 18, 2021 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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