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Architecture Council/Minutes June 12 2008

Meeting Title: Architecture Council Monthly Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday June 12, 2008 at 1500 UTC / 0800 SFO / 1100 Ottawa / 1600 London / 1700 Berlin
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  • Attending
    • Ed, Rich, Michael, McQ, Brian, Bjorn, and (one other)
  • Invited attendees are all EAC members
  • Sign up here if you want to get mentioned, since it's hard to catch all names during the call.
  • Signed-up:
  • Regrets:
    • Martin Oberhuber (vacation)
    • Doug Gaff (meeting overlaps)


McQ notes that the IP process is a total pain and that it almost costs a Ganymede ship slip. There's a tension between doing it too early and not having the data right at the end, and doing it late in the midst of the code-ship crisis and not having time to get it done.

  1. It would be best to have this all automated and kept up to date automatically. Why can't the about file conformance be checked automatically?
  2. Also, there is a substantial lack of education and documentation - we need a developer-centric checklist of what needs to be done and what needs to be put where.

We discussed testing and cross project testing: we need to have cross project testing because it helps with tester fatigue. We could decide as a group that we would test, as a group, the shared thing that we ship.

We discussed that the Foundation should supply PDE tooling to help with legal stuff: automatically generate about files from CQ information - why are people in each project trying to hand generate all these files? and none of these people are experts in the legal files so they're always wrong and that requires multiple iterations and it just consumes a huge amount of time that could be automated, etc.

We discussed that the Councils (each of them) should be giving reports to the Board. "State of the Architecture Council" and what the problems and issues are consuming/wasting our time.

We discussed the blog buzz about "E4 == move Eclipse to the web" and how to explain the real situation.

We also discussed the welfare state thought process where people think that we should fix all their bugs - the truth of the matter is that the direction is being set by the people who are making an investment (a long term investment).

Meeting Goals

Agenda / Discussion Notes

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E4 Discussions

Review Status of EAC Themes

Executive Summary of the Discussion

Action Items

Next Meeting

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