Papyrus for RealTime – EclipseCon NA 2015 session

On Thursday, March 12 at 11:15, I will be giving a presentation and demo of Papyrus for RealTime. I realise the Eclipse project is yet to be approved, but I’m hoping it will be by the time I give the speech.

One of the new things about EclipseCon is the idea of a speaker pitch. At EclipseCon Europe, in Germany, the pitches were done in the morning for that day’s session, to try and get attendees to go to your speech. For EclipseCon North America 2015, we have been told to provide a short (less than one minute) YouTube video for that purpose. You can find the one for my session at http://youtu.be/Rcy9KsScyfM and below.

If you are at EclipseCon, look me up! And I hope you’ll attend my session!

Papyrus for Real-Time: An Eclipse project proposal

Papyrus UML now has a first sub-project proposal: Papyrus for Real-Time! Check out this post on the Papyrus UML blog. The links page on that blog has also been updated to show this project and the Papyrus datasheets.

Some of you probab;y already know that I’ve been involved in this for some time, mainly through my EclipseCon presentations on this topic. This is now getting real.

I would recommend that you go have a look a the proposal and comment in the accompanying forum.

BridgePoint now open source!

I’ve been talking about open source modelling tools for the last little while, mainly about Papyrus and promoting Papyrus-RT (with which I am, obviously from my posts, involved). Well another company has seen the open source light: Mentor Graphics has now formally released its BridgePoint tools to open source. A new company, OneFact, staffed with ex-Mentor Graphics employees, is taking over the mantle for the maintenance, support, and consulting for the tool.

You can read the announcement here and the accompanying presentation (Prezi) here.

This good news. First, it is further indication that there is a business case around open source modelling tools, so our own efforts are validated. Second, the approach taken by Mentor Graphics does not leave existing customers wondering what is happening or will happen (there have been questions about Mentor Graphics’ intentions for BridgePoint for quite a while) and ensures continuity.

Congratulations and good luck to the folks at OneFact!

Agile for Embedded Software Development

The following Slideshare presentation contains a case study that shows that agile can work within an embedded software / system development environment.

Agile Embedded Software Development, what’s wrong with it?.

At some point in the presentation, it makes a statement that agile is not method but a paradigm. In my mind, this needs to be qualified in that the agile manifesto and principles do represent a paradigm, but the formalised agile approaches (e.g., XP, Scrum) are methods. I believe that distinction is important.