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Re: [cdt-dev] Goodbye and Thank You!

Hi Doug,

I just have to agree to Marc.
I remember the beginning in 2002/2003 when I was in my last year at university and had to write my diploma thesis about a runtime for runtime-reconfigurable systems. It was a mixed C/C++ project, and I was looking for something better than Visual Studio or Vim or Emacs. And even though we had problems here and there, the overall experience of CDT never got me disappointed. Even up til now, I use CDT at work especially regarding the parsing / indexing and the syntax highligthing incl the enabled / disabled code highlighting. I remember ~2007 when I was trying to find a bug in the Vector ComStack, which is highly depending on macros for enabling of features. I found the bug in less than one day, which would have taken most likely 2..3 days otherwise.

I also have surely seen the change of the processor / tool vendors, replacing there mass of IDEs with Eclipse/CDT based tools.

Unfortunately, besides my first semester, I was never keen on developing in Java myself. That's why I never could contribute codewise to CDT. I'm an embedded guy :).
I also checked more than once to go to EclipseCon Europe, but most of the time my projects needed attention or I was away on vacation.

You left a tremendous mark in the Eclipse and CDT world, I guess Jonah will have it hard to follow your steps.

I can completely understand how hard it must be, to give your "baby" into other hands, its similar to my short range radar projects I did in the last 14 years, beginning as developer, then SWPM to now as an SW Architect. What direction will it take, if I'm not there anymore, not directly writing the code or setting up the configuration, how to finally training all the new developers in AUTOSAR, its usage, concepts and features.

I think you did and mentored well.

One thing about current directions. I'm not sure about that cloud and web IDE directions is so helpful for CDT in the field of embedded C/C++ development. Our developers usually have their targets hooked up locally to their PCs. I could maybe just think of developing against a CI/CT setup, incl. a JTAG connected debug ECU with CAN or Ethernet connections prepared for testing. These are not standard C/C++ PC applications you can distribute off to any connected PC. In my opinion, it still needs local IDEs for us.

Cheers Doug, have fun in your new job.
I wish you the best.

And thanks also to all the other contributors for one of the best IDEs there is. It would not have lasted almost 20 years. 

Von meinem Samsung Galaxy Smartphone gesendet.

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Von: Doug Schaefer <cdtdoug@xxxxxxxxx>
Datum: 03.09.19 14:34 (GMT-04:00)
An: "CDT General developers list." <cdt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Betreff: Re: [cdt-dev] Goodbye and Thank You!

Thanks Marc! It's people like you who've made it such a pleasure to work with this community. So many names from the past. I will never forget you all.

And I've see a lot of passion with our existing bunch. I'm not too worried about the future of the CDT. It's in good hands, and I know there are a few out there who would make it even better! ;)


On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 12:33 PM Marc Khouzam <marc.khouzam@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It would be unacceptable, even after 2 years of silence, for me not to react to such news.

Doug, I know it must have been an incredibly hard decision for you. Your love and dedication to the CDT will always be remembered and I doubt ever matched.

You have weathered many storms at the helm of the project and kept us all going strong for years.  You have welcomed new members, mentored them (myself included), and showed the way to so many of us.

Beyond the human aspect, you have pushed the project forward technically and kept challenging the status quo both in and outside the CDT.

Today is a sad day for the eclipse community.

And yet I am happy for you. I feel you deserve this revival of energy you mention in your blog. Change can be intimidating but I know it will bring out your talents even more.

I thank you from all of us but particularly from myself.  I wish you success and fulfillment in your new role!


I don't know how it works, but I would like nominate Doug Schaefer as Committer Emeritus.

Marc Khouzam

From: cdt-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx <cdt-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of Doug Schaefer <cdtdoug@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:05 AM
To: CDT General developers list. <cdt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [cdt-dev] Goodbye and Thank You!
Hey gang, I have some news to share with everyone. The active committers already know this.

I have left BlackBerry/QNX and will be taking on a new role at a different company that will take me away from the Eclipse community. It's a much needed change for me and a chance to re-energize with some former colleagues I really enjoyed working with. It was obviously a very hard decision as CDT has been a huge part of my life for almost 20 years. I will miss you all.

I have written a post with more, you can read it here

We have worked out a transition plan for the CDT project leadership role. Jonah Graham has kindly accepted our nomination and we will have a formal vote probably starting tomorrow. We'll use our CDT call tomorrow to talk about that.

I will be keeping this gmail account, cdtdoug, as my personal account as a reminder of where I came from. You can always reach me there if you need anything.

Thank you for everything you've done for the CDT and made this community so special to be a part of. Until we meet again.

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