Sending the open source library I created off to college

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All grown up

I’ve spent 18 years growing a Java collections library named Eclipse Collections. I love this library. It is a great library, and has an amazing community of developers contributing to and supporting it. I will use this library for as long as I code in Java. This library has helped me achieve many things that the Java Collections framework could not.

I wrote it all down

If you’ve been following my blogs here, I have been telling stories of the past 18, 20, 30, 40 years of my life as a developer. Almost everything you might want to know about the library has probably been told in a blog. I have left maps of all the places the library has been and some of places it might still go. I have explained how it evolved over time to solve challenging problems.

Graduation Ceremony

I’ve been contemplating when and how to take a break from Eclipse Collections for a long time, and now is the time. I was waiting for the Eclipse Collections 11.1 release to make this decision. I want to focus more time with my family and on my health. Reaching 2K followers on GitHub felt like a good milestone to take a much needed break.

What does it mean for the future of the library?

Don’t worry, I’ll still be staying on as a committer for the library, and I will continue writing and sharing stories and lessons in blogs on occasion when I have time. I will also make code contributions if I find something that interests me. We have a great team of committers on the project. Based on the outcomes and some discussions that happened during the Eclipse Collections 11.1 release among the committer community, I think the future is fairly well defined for the library already. The part that is very clear — the library will baseline development on Java 11 in the next release.

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Donald Raab

Donald Raab

Java Champion. Creator of the Eclipse Collections OSS Java library (http://www.eclipse.org/collections/). Inspired by Smalltalk. Opinions are my own.