Saturday, March 7, 2009

PMF BOF, say what?

It's only a few weeks to EclipseCon2009 and the excitement is growing. In the last couple of months several organizations approached us to take part in PMF or at least express their interest. It assured me that the project fills a void in the Eclipse project set, but it also created a sense of responsibility. We have to do this right and serve the community well in the spirit of the Eclipse Modeling Project. If we do it right, different efforts can take advantage of each other and we can advance the state of the art in UI development. With UI Modeling the MDSD stack can cover another crucial part of the software development process.

Maybe you are wondering what PMF has to do with StUIML. Well, what's in a name? StUIML is very hard to pronounce for non-Dutchies and PMF is not a one man effort. The ideas and concepts of StUIML are taken to PMF and the name is more in parallel with other Eclipse Projects.

When you talk about user interfaces and the presentation layer in general there is such a broad spectrum to cover. From abstract modeling to very specific target platform API's, but also from developer editors or content management to enterprise application flows.
That is why I think the PMF BOF (Birds Of a Feather) is so important. We need to know what the community needs most when developing UI's. Also, it is a word that used to make my stomach hurt and my heartbeat rise, but I have to admit: 'expectation management' is important...

If you are visiting EclipseCon and you are interested in UI development or have ideas you would like to share on this subject, please come and speak out. If you want to speak out for a smaller crowd or completely anonymous drop me a line. I am very good at keeping secrets and protecting my sources....

As stated in the BOF proposal, we would like to collect ideas for example applications that all of the PMF participants can target. We can create a lab of showcases for the public to evaluate different approaches to UI modeling and MDSD development in general. We are convinced that UI modeling can make MDSD more accessible to the development community.

So speak out now, or....talk to us later!
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