Archive for July, 2009

My First Posting to PlanetEclipse

July 12, 2009

Thanks to David Carver and Chris Aniszczyk. I’m now blogging in order to feed my postings to PlanetEclipse. Hopefully the students will follow suit.

I’m a computer scientist by training and I love being an educator. I teach programming at the School of Computer Studies, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. Two professors, Chris Tyler and David Humphrey, spear-headed the open source movement at our college. Chris is involved with the Fedora community and David is involved with the Mozilla community.

For my professional development, I want to find out how to teach and learn open source development. Jordan Anastasiade, another professor here, is involved with the Eclipse WTP project. From January to April 2009, he has graciously allowed me to go alongside with his Eclipse WTP class such that I could have first-hand experience on open-source development. As suggested by Jordan, I blogged what I had experienced in this learning community as if I were a reporter on the field.

During the summer, we have a very small group of students working on the Eclipse WTP project.

I hope that my blog will let the Eclipse community consider what contributions that student-developers could make to the open source projects. I am amazed that the Mozilla community has already done some ground-breaking work in mentoring student-developers. Is the Eclipse community interested in welcoming inexperienced yet daring student-developers?