We propose to move the IDE4EDU component from the SOC project into this new project. The Eclipse IDE for Education is a version of Eclipse streamlined specifically for use by university and college students. The environment provides support for programming languages that are commonly used in university courses, including Java, Scheme, and Prolog.
Our initial efforts are focused on providing an environment with reduced clutter that allows students to focus on their immediate requirement of getting classroom work done. To that end, the current implementation provides a streamlined Java development environment featuring stripped down versions of wizards for creating common elements. We anticipate that students will use this environment in their first months of learning and then progress to a more complete Eclipse configuration.
Our next most immediate focus is to provide support for other languages commonly used in post-secondary education such as Scheme and Prolog (Scheme support is expected soon, pending a positive outcome from our IP due diligence process).
Fundamentally, this project is concerned with providing an IDE specifically tuned to the needs of students. In that regard, we view the scope of this project to include such things as streamlining the installation and configuration of the IDE, assignment workflow, collaboration, and more.
The objectives of the IDE4EDU project are to:
You are invited to comment on and/or join the project. Please send all feedback to the eclipse.ide4edu newsgroup.
The IDE4EDU component from the SOC project will be moved into this new project.
The initial committers and contributors are:
The IDE4EDU component from the SOC project will be moved into this new project as a component. This code has already been vetted by the IP due diligence process and has a mature automated build process.
The intended user community is composed almost entirely of secondary and post-secondary students. However, the streamlined environment may have appeal in some segments of industry or for self-directed education.
The first step is to complete the move of the existing code base and build process into the new project.
One of the main reasons for wanting IDE4EDU to be a separate project is to better enable it to schedule releases that can be included in packages generated by the Eclipse Packaging Project. We therefore intend to schedule a release based on the existing code base as soon as possible so that we can join with the Packaging Project.
The next step is to include some work that's being done on support for the Scheme (see Bug 242444) and Prolog languages.
This project is intended to attract some amount of research and exploratory work. We have been in contact with the CoFFEE project about possible integration and synergistic work. We have also started discussions with students about extending the environment to include functionality for students to obtain assignments, and submit their work in an automated fashion.
2009-01-28: Modified the wording (but not the meaning) of the Introduction section
2009-01-27: Added Marlos Guimarães, Lou Nel, and Jakub Jurkiewicz as interested parties
2009-01-23: Added Ian Kennedy as a project committer; added Vittorio Scarano, Ilaria Manno, and Lee Myers as interested parties
2009-01-07: Added Roy Ganor as an interested party
2009-01-06: Added Charlie Kelly as an interested party
2009-01-05: Added Andrew Overholt as an interested party
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