Friday, November 9, 2012

Connected Again

After a few years away, I am (finally) re-connecting with a community that I had been following still but not really participating in.  As of today, I am once again an Eclipse committer.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Doctor Is In

Say "Hello" to MDHT 1.1

The Model-Driven Health Tools project at has announced its much-anticipated 1.1 release. I'm very glad to have been able to contribute in various small ways to this release. I'm thrilled with all the very good work that the whole team has put into this; it's a significant step up in usability and function.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Teen-age iPad

Sometimes when I'm typing on my iPad, I hit the "M" key instead of the space bar. Not a big deal, because usually the autocorrect fixes it for me, understanding that I wanted a space.

But, today, while writing an e-mail, I found myself staring at the word "woulda" just behind the cursor (yes, Mr. Vogt, behind). I certainly woulda neva typed that for myself!

Thanks, iPad, for trying to sling some slang into my work.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Check Your Models

The Eclipse UML2 project has a new feature in the Juno M6 milestone that should help a certain category of applications to keep their UML models in good health.  These are UML-based modelling tools that use the EMF Validation Framework for model validation, often because they provide diagram editors based on GMF.  The Papyrus project is a good example of such application, and it happens to integrate this new feature.

The UML2 project implements the UML metamodel version 2.4.  I have always said that a model is not complete without the constraints that determine what is a well-formed instance.  Well, now we can have our diagrams and our constraints, too!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Back in the Saddle

Well, here it's been how many years since my last post?

Yes, that's right. Just about as many as I've been out of the spotlight that is Eclipse.

But, now I'm self-employed and I'm back to (ir)regularly contributing to open-source projects. I'm open for business!

Image © Chip Griffin licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 2.0

It has been a great three-year run at QNX Software Systems, where I've enjoyed building everything from developer tools for one of the world's coolest embedded software platforms to application security and display power management components of the BlackBerry PlayBook, one of the world's coolest mobile device software platforms.

Now I'm pursuing a new and exciting career path as an independent consultant, focusing on development of open-source projects, especially in the Model-Driven Architecture that is such a big piece of my Eclipse experience. Stay tuned for updates from some Eclipse MDT projects and more.

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