March 2014


LocationTech is a working group hosted by the Eclipse Foundation and also happens to be this newsletter's theme. Its participants collaboratively develop a platform of open source geospatial technologies. LocationTech technologies enable creation of location-aware solutions on the server, desktop, and mobile devices.

In 2014, LocationTech is focusing on: 1) high performance distributed geoprocessing offering batch and real-time processing of raster and vector data; 2) distributed version control of data with spatial elements from multiple sources; and 3) reusable libraries used especially for developing applications running on mobile devices.

To honor this month's theme, the newsletter articles feature three LocationTech projects: GeoGit, GeoMesa, and GeoTrellis. You will also find an article about Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards.

Happy reading!


GeoGit in Action: Distributed Versioning for Geospatial Data

See GeoGit in action and learn how to work with it!

GeoMesa: Scaling up Geospatial Analysis

How an interesting geo-time analysis was scaled up using GeoMesa.

Introducing GeoTrellis

Discover GeoTrellis, an open source geospatial data processing engine for high performance applications.

Getting Started with OGC Standards for Geospatial Data Sharing

Learn more about coding to Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard interfaces.

Add Java 8 support to Eclipse Kepler
Want to add Java 8 support to Kepler? Java 8 has not yet landed in our standard download packages. But you can add it to your existing Eclipse Kepler package.
Winners of Eclipse Community Award
Last week at EclipseCon we announced the winners of the Eclipse Community Awards. We have so many amazing community members, but it is nice to recognize some who have really made a difference.
EclipseCon France 2014 - Call for Papers
The call for papers is now open for EclipseCon France 2014, taking place June 18-19 in Toulouse. Early-bird submission deadline is April 7. Propose a session.

Alexandra Schladebeck


What do you do?
I talk a lot!
My official roles are product owner, consultant and head of marketing. That's a lot of hats and also a bit of a mouthful, so I usually describe my job as being a translator between various groups of people. In a normal week I spend time talking with the awesome guys and gals on the Jubula team to discuss and design features, I have contact with customers and other consultants to work on quality assurance in different projects, and I'll be in touch with Jubula users via the forum, support accounts, the blog or newsletters.
For all the talking, I spend time listening too – there's a lot of information and experience that's relevant across all these groups, and I collect that so that it can be directed to the right places.

How long have you been using Eclipse?
I've been aware of Eclipse since I started at BREDEX in 2005. Our developers use it as an IDE, and we started building solutions based on it even before I was here. In fact, on my very first day I started working with an Eclipse-based application – GUIdancer – which was later to become the Jubula project.
I've actually been using the IDE for about the past three years. I'm not a developer, so I don't always have it open, but my contact points with it have definitely grown over my time here. Writing documentation and cheat sheets, doing mockups, and working on the websites all usually involve me starting Eclipse.

Name five plugins you use and recommend:

  • WireframeSketcher: as my work involves developing user stories, it's great to be able to quickly mock up what's in my head. Usually while I'm mocking, I realize that there are still questions to be answered – and I can think about them before I even present a mockup to the team. Having a wireframe also means that we can reduce the likelihood we're talking about totally different things, and the WireframeSketcher is pleasant and easy to use.
  • EGit: When I commit things like documentation and cheat sheets via git, I usually do it via the command line. When we're working with branches, though, I prefer to use EGit to do cherry picking. I feel like I'm less likely to make a mistake working in Eclipse than via the command line for that!
  • Mylyn: I'm constantly amazed at the cool things you can do with Mylyn. I mostly use it to blend out things I'm not working on when I'm writing/adapting tests in Jubula, and also to see what's going on in our Bugzilla repositories while I'm working, which brings me to –
  • Tasktop Dev Enterprise: The Jubula team doesn't use HP ALM, but we have many BREDEX projects that do use it, and want to link their Jubula tests with their requirements in HP ALM. So I've been working more often with Tasktop Dev Enterprise to do that. We haven't looked at the other connectors available in the Dev Enterprise with Jubula yet, but it's great to know that they are there and supported.
  • Jubula: ok, this is the shameless plug, but what did you expect? ;) Especially with the new possibilities to connect Jubula tests to ALM repositories, it's become easier for developers to integrate the information from quality assurance into their daily work. It's also important that testing is seen to be central to the process, and using e.g. the Launch Configurations for starting testable applications from the IDE can help teams to see what problems the tests will find before committing.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
I'm usually just as busy in my free time as I am in work! I play in a Celtic Folk Band and in an orchestra, so I spend time practicing my violin and guitar and arranging tunes and songs. I also tend to go crazy if I don't get some balance between office work and exercise. I go to the gym, do Zumba, and go jogging and dancing with my husband.
Alongside all of that I have occasional bake-fests, and do some reading if I can sit still for long enough...

Mylyn 3.11

ECF 3.8.0

Lyo 2.1.0

Orion 5.0

EGit 3.3.0

CDT 8.3.0

Aether 0.9.0

EMF 1.2.0

The Eclipse Integrated Computational Environment

4DIAC - Framework for Distributed Industrial Automation and Control


IoT Stammtisch München
March 28, 2014
München, Germany

Eclipse Hackathon Hamburg
March 28, 2014
Hamburg, Germany

Eclipse Day Sydney
April 2, 2014
Sydney, Australia

IoT Live
Apr 9, 2014
Free Virtual Event

Eclipse Day Vorarlberg
Apr 29, 2014
Dornbirn, Austria

Eclipse Day - Jax 2014
May 15, 2014
Mainz, Germany

Eclipse Day Florence
May 23, 2014
Florence, Italy

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