Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Modeling is doing well with the JDJ readers

Wayne's blog drew my attention to the JDJ Readers' Choice Awards. Of course Eclipse is doing extremely well as one would naturally expect from such a fine technology. Closer to home though, it was very exciting to see the modeling project doing so well in the Best Java Modeling Tool category, especially considering that the sexy graphical tools for UML and Ecore are still in their early stages of development. What really blew me away though was to see EMF ranked so highly in the Best Java Component category. How cool is that? I think this is a great reflection of how much the modeling community has grown and matured over the last few years. There's no end in sight for all the valuable capabilities that enhance the overall big picture of what's all possible with modeling. The community is really gathering steam. In this world of runaway complexity, model-driven development is one of the few technologies that has a very real potential to introduce revolutionary change in how we develop applications more quickly. Modeling isn't just for tools anymore.

Where some might look and see very little, others will look more closely and see unnoticed potential:

And then, with a few changes, all of a sudden the potential is much more clear.

The octopus is a master at modeling its surroundings.

I would definitely encourage people to go out an vote for their favorite Eclipse technologies!