Monthly Archives: November 2005

TOFU in Eclipse Bugzilla

Oh my goodness! Yesterday I received the first Bugzilla TOFU (text over, fullquote under) and today the second. :(

This doesn’t make reading Bugzilla mails harder but IMHO it clutters them with unnecessary stuff. If there is nothing to quote then people shouldn’t quote. I know that several mail clients do this TOFU stuff out of the box. I also use this behavior at my company when working with Outlook. It’s sometimes quite useful to read the whole thread if someone suddenly decides to put you on CC for whatever reason without telling you what’s going on.

But Bugzilla is not Outlook. Most people are involved in the mail communication and can read the whole history online if they like. I love the clean way of quoting supported by Bugzilla. TOFU in this case just duplicates unnecessary information. :(

Please! Don’t post this way in Bugzilla.

Updates from the EclipseCon PC

Today we had our weekly conference call of the EclipseCon 2006 Program Committee. I want to give you an update about our work to keep it open and transparent for you.

After two voting rounds we started selecting the first tutorials. Well, it’s a really hard job. There are so many great submissions. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough slots available to accept them all. Our Program Chair Tim Wagner (BEA) will publish the results soon on Eclipsezilla. The selected tutorials will be updated to reflect their state.

Once again, I like to thank all presenters for submitting their tutorials. Our decisions are based on community feedback collected in submission comments and votes as well as our ratings of the tutorial content. We also need to take care of the overall program. It must be of high quality and well balanced for a wide range of target audiences. So this is really challenging.

We are planning to select the next (and probably last) round of tutorials in our next call. I really enjoy working with the EclipseCon 2006 PC. It’s a great team.

Eclipse 3.2 M3 News

You may already noticed that Eclipse 3.2 M3 is out. :)

I’d like to point you to the Eclipse 3.2 M3 New & Noteworthy page. This page is soooo long. 8O

Thank you Eclipse committers for all the great new features!

Here are my favorite new features:

  • Platform UI
    • Window-level working set selection
    • Filtering in Show View dialog
      (BTW, this filtering widget is the one used in the Preferences dialog. It has been generalized. If you want to reuse it in your applications then vote here.)
  • CVS
    • Improved patching support
    • Improved conflict handling for CVS Team-Update operation
  • JDT UI
    • Clean Up wizard :!:
  • JDT Core
    • Completion in Javadoc comments
    • Context-aware completion in Javadoc
  • PDE
    • NLS wizard for plug-in manifest files
    • Quick fixes for manifest.mf problems
    • Organize manifest.mf files