|Re: [e4-dev] Introduction + Clojure in e4 / Introduction|
I am head of the Eclipse Products Team at Anyware Technologies. I lead Eclipse based IDE projects for embedded software tooling that involve lots of Eclipse technologies such as EMF, CDT, TM and DLTK. I also lead research efforts on alternative JVM languages use in Eclipse plugins development.
I am currently working on a proof of concept on the programming language clojure (a functional dynamic jvm based language, which has a very interesting way to deal with multi-threading : www.clojure.org and my EclipseCon talk at http://www.eclipsecon.org/2009/sessions?id=630). >From my point of view, writing plug-ins using clojure could be very interesting due to its features (multithreading, dynamism, native Java interop) and its performances which are very close to Java (vs. JRuby, Groovy, ...).
I made some hacks in the core of clojure runtime in order to use Bundles' class loaders. And after some efforts I managed to use clojure code in Eclipse plug-ins (I made a little builder in order to compile clojure files into class files ). This code interacts in both directions with java and share the dependency and visibility of the plugin in which it is hosted.
But the most interesting feature is that it is fully dynamic, enabling, for example, live code modification in a running instance of Eclipse or interaction with Eclipse components.
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