EclipseCon 2012 was my favorite to date, and Ive been attending since the prototype beers and demos at Thirsty Bear during JavaOne 2002. What made it so interesting was finally getting all the Eclipse devs in the same space as key folks from Agile and ALM. Developers are the engine of the software economy. But that engine is becoming part of such a complex ecosystem of vendors and open source that to scale software delivery, we need to break down organizational and departmental silos. We need to move towards what Forrester analyst Dave West has coined a Lean ALM. And thats what my keynote was all about. Connecting devs to project managers, to testers, and eventually to @DEVOPS_BORAT.
Some have objected to my statement that Linus Torvalds bigger contribution to our planet is going to be Git, not Linux. Yes, Linux is everywhere. But Linux was a creative imitation, whereas I was focusing on the true innovations that are moving us towards the social code graph, and thats precisely where Git fits in. Also, early in the talk I mention that Eclipse has gone from 1.5M to 2.5M downloads between January 2011 and January 2012. Thats monthly downloads, and with Vietnam surpassing Germany, a clear sign of the times. Watch the keynote here, and I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.