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The Best Way to Master a Technology Is to Teach It to Others

Mike Milinkovich

Eclipse Foundation, Inc.

Keynote Presentation — "All About Platforms: Lessons Learned from Eclipse"
Thursday Evening, October 26

One of the key technical decisions that organizations make is selecting the platforms that they are going to use for their products or applications. Examples of great platforms that have stood the test of time include Win32, Apache HTTP server, the Linux kernel and Eclipse. As a relative newcomer to this pantheon, Eclipse has learned lessons from its predecessors on how to build and evolve platforms.

Today we are seeing many organizations leveraging Eclipse and other platforms to architect platforms for their specific domains. Some of the key lessons for developers covered in this talk are how to architect and build community around platforms in an openly governed and transparent manner.

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Mike Milinkovich is Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation supporting the Eclipse open-source community and commercial ecosystem.

Mike has been contributing to the technology industry for over twenty years. Most recently a vice president in Oracle’s Development Group, Mike led the Application Server Technical Services team, a group of highly technical experts who support Oracle’s application server strategic customers and partners.

Prior to joining Oracle, Mike was with WebGain where he was Vice President of Worldwide Services and President of WebGain Canada. Other experiences include: The Object People which did world wide technology consulting and training; Object Technology International where he held various roles in software engineering, product management and business development; and IBM, where Mike was responsible for world wide product marketing of a major IBM software product line.

Mike earned his Masters of Science degree in Information and Systems Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.