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Wayne Beaton is employed by The Eclipse Foundation where he works as an evangelist, spreading the word and helping folks adopt Eclipse technologies. Wayne has extensive experience in object-oriented software development and is a strong proponent of refactoring, unit testing, and agile development methodologies. He is also the editor-in-chief of Eclipse Corner, PMC Lead for the Technology Project, Project Lead for the Examples Project, and an advisor for osbootcamp. In 1982, he received the prestigious Chief Scouts Award from then-Governor General Edward Schreyer. In 1984 his team was selected to represent beautiful British Columbia in the Kinsmen Voyageur Relay. In his spare time, he writes down meaningless accomplishments from his youth in a lame attempt to impress the reader. Wayne is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 77 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

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 My previous entry spoke of an open source project’s responsibility to keep their community informed. In that entry, I focused on a big part of a project’s outbound communcation: the project website. Communication, though, extends beyond outward communication. A successful project needs to be connected to the community and that connection works in two ways.

My longtime friend Donald Smith posted an unsolicited Tweet that made me think.

DonaldOJDK @DonaldOJDK

I pity the fool that tries to claim @waynebeaton didn't give them enough warning to move off CVS at Eclipse Foundation...

11 Dec 12

It would indeed be very hard for an Eclipse committer to claim that we/I didn’t give them enough warning about our pending shutdown of CVS. For the last two years, we have leveraged every means of communication that we have available to us. We have discussed it during our quarterly Members’ Meetings. I have posted regularly about the pending shutdown on Twitter, blogs, newsletters, project (dev) mailing lists, and in my quasi-regular email to the members and committers.

In many cases, I have sent personal emails to project leads from my personal account after multiple failed attempts from my account led me to the conclusion that the domain must have been getting scooped up by a spam filter. If you’re not receiving regular communication from, then you may need to adjust the settings on your spam filter.

If the shutdown of CVS at Eclipse is a surprise to you, then you may need to re-evaluate how you interact with the community.

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