Monday, January 29, 2007

Eclipse Council Follow Up

Back from the Eclipse Council (and other) meetings last week. As PE loaded this morning, I glanced over it and saw the Far Side reference from Bjorn. Naturally, I assumed he was using it to demonstrate something about the Architecture Council, but then I saw the bit about the elevators...

Friday, January 19, 2007

Eclipse Council Meetings

Next week the Eclipse Councils will meet near San Francisco. Since this is the first face-to-face meeting of the year, and since it is Friday afternoon, let's run a small experiment.

The Requirements Council provides input to the other Councils, as well as Eclipse projects in general, about community themes, priorities, and specific requests. This input is very important, and Requirements Council does a great job in bringing a diverse set of perspectives to bear in forming their recommendations. The Planning Council does, well..., planning. Specifically, we work on the overall plans for the coordinated releases (Callisto last year, Europa this year). While a lot of planning does happen online, it is hard to imagine an effort the scope of Callisto or Europa if project representatives didn't sit down together in person once and a while to enforce agree upon a common vision and direction.

Now, here's an exercise for the reader: without repeating the text on the Council page, say a few words about what you imagine the Architecture Council does in practice. What does it bring to the Eclipse community?