My name is Brian Fitzpatrick (aka "Fitz")
and I'm the Team Lead for the Connectivity sub-project of the Data Tools
Project (DTP). (Whew! That's a mouthful.)
We have begun an effort to work with
the community on improving the usability of DTP Connectivity UI components
and tools for the Ganymede release for both users and adopters and would
like to get feedback from the community at large. Based on some of the
BZ entries and comments received on the DTP newsgroup and mailing lists,
we put together a high level plan that describes some of the issues we're
trying to solve.
You can read that here: http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:HighLevelPlan
We've now added a new document to the
mix that covers some of the design ideas we're looking at implementing
for Ganymede in DTP.
You can read this new document here:
Please take a look at these two documents
and feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on the ideas therein.
We're looking to improve the UI for all users of DTP and would like to
make it as useful as possible. We understand that the work we do for Ganymede
is a step in that direction and not necessarily everything will make it
into the release. But this will get us started along the right road for
Ganymede and going forward.
Our plan is to open up the floor for
discussions until February 6. At that point, I'll take a snapshot of where
the discussion is and attempt to come up with a working prototype to demo
at EclipseCon 2008. Please don't feel that we're shutting down the feedback
loop at that point -- we just have to draw a line in the sand so that we
can come up with something more than screen shots for the conference. I
expect the conversation will continue long after Ganymede is done. The
usability of a tool is never set in stone.
So please take a look at the documents
above. We're going to try and capture comments in the comments page (http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:High_Level_Design_Comments)
so feel free to write directly on that Wiki page or send comments via the
dtp-dev or dtp-pmc mailing lists or the dtp dev newsgroup.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks for your time!
Senior Software Engineer
DTP Connectivity Team Lead