Monday, February 25, 2008

Getting Hooked on Equinox: Article in German Eclipse-Magazine

The current issue of the German Eclipse-Magazin publishes an article that I wrote together with Heiko Seeberger vom Metafinanz: Getting Hooked on Equinox. The article describes the adapter hook mechanism that is part of the Equinox OSGi implementation. Using this mechanism you can easily modify the behavior of the Equinox runtime or add additional features to it. This mechanism gives you a lot of power over the Equinox implementation without modifying the original code. And that means you can deploy your additions as separate bundles. Users don't need to manually install a modified osgi implementation!!!
I am using this mechanism for the equinox aspects incubator project to add load-time aspect weaving to the OSGi runtime. The article describes the basics of the mechanisms, who it can be used, and gives some examples where it is already being used.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

GetTogether 2008 Event from Software Engineering Radio

The se-radio team is going to be hosting a small conference called GetTogether 2008 in the fall of 2008. The conference will be in the open-space style, so its focussed on interesting discussions rather than formal paper presentations. Nevertheless in order to participate you need to submit a small position paper describing a topic to discuss at the event. Maybe some interesting keynotes will be at the conference as well. Thanks a lot to Markus Völter for doing a great job in organizing most (if not all) of this stuff.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The New Allianz Business System uses OSGi and Equinox Aspects

I picked up some really cool news: the german newspaper Computerwoche reports about the Allianz (the huge insurance company) is moving their complete IT to a new system called Allianz Business System. The article says that the new highly integrated system is based on Eclipse and OSGi technology. Wow! But its comes even better: They are using Equinox Aspects inside, the tiny little incubator project I am working on to integrate aspect weaving into the Equinox OSGi implementation (as you can read from this talk at the upcoming Eclipse Forum Europe).