The Eclipse Awards Season is in full swing this month, with voting open for the Individual Eclipse Community Awards. DZone interviewed each of the nominees for the awards, to give you a little background before you decide to vote. Throughout this week on EclipseZone we will be focusing on the three individual awards open for voting -Top Ambassador, Top Contributor and Top Committer. DZone caught up with each of the five Top Ambassador Nominees, including our very own James Sugrue, DZone Editor and the voice behind EclipseZone and Javalobby. (We wish James and all the other candidates the best of luck!)
The award is to recognize an individual (committer or non-committer) who best promotes and supports the Eclipse community.
This year Top Ambassador nominees are:
- Nick Boldt
A committer for many Eclipse projects and responsible for ensuring multiple builds are working, Nick is also popular in the Eclipse blogging community where his posts are often in the form of music or poetry.
- Paul Fremantle
Co-founder and CTO of WSO2, Paul has been praised for evangalising the Equinox platform and it's use as part of an SOA platform.
- Mik Kersten
A well known member of the community, and the face behind Mylyn and Tasktop, Mik has even earned a JavaOne Rock Star Hall of Fame award. His work with Mylyn has demonstrated the capabilities of the Eclipse platform to a wide audience.
- Tom Schindl
Tom is Chief Software Engineer at BestSolution.at, and has been nominated for helping everywhere, across newsgroups, blogs and for hist work in presenting at Eclipse conferences. Tom is very involved in the e4 project, as well as Nebula and UFaceKit.
- James Sugrue
James is the editor at EclipseZone, and works as a software architect at Pilz. As well as leading the revival of EclipseZone, writing articles and doing interviews with some of the community leaders, James has begun to get more involved in some Eclipse projects.
Over the next few pages we will introduce and interview each of the nominees. It struck us, over the course of these interviews, the diversity of the contributions that all five ambassadors provide for the community, so we believe it is worth reading through, and considering each of the nominees before you place your vote.