The next 5 years for Eclipse Collections

My top 25 wish list for the future of Eclipse Collections development

9 Years OSS, 5 years at Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse Collections has existed as an open source project on GitHub for a total of 9 years. Eclipse Collections has been a project at the Eclipse Foundation for 5 years. There have been 4 major versions of Eclipse Collections released, and there were 7 major versions of GS Collections prior to that.

More of this, Less of that

It’s always nice to consider what new features should be added to a library, but in order to move forward we also have to pay down the technical debt.

Technical Debt

  • Combine Unit Tests and Unit Tests Java 8 modules
  • Replace Scala Unit Tests with Java Equivalent Tests
  • Remove JMH Scala Tests
  • Refresh and update the Eclipse Collections Reference Guide
  • Improve JavaDoc
  • Move slow running unit tests to acceptance tests
  • Replace legacy anonymous inner classes with lambdas and method references
  • Clean up performance tests

Java Upgrades

  • Upgrade library to Java 11 in next three years
  • Leverage Java Module System fully
  • Leverage Local Variable Type Inference sparingly to improve readability
  • Test and integrate with Project Valhalla features

New Containers

  • DataFrames
  • Trees
  • More primitive collection types
  • Lazy Collections (specific types like LazyList)
  • Off-heap Collections
  • Persistent Collections (Functional)

New APIs

  • Improve symmetry between object and primitive APIs
  • More converter methods between types
  • Implement more Parallel APIs

Performance Tuning

  • Optimize APIs from JDK

IDE Refactoring Support

  • Refactor from Java Streams to Eclipse Collections
  • Refactor from for-loops to Eclipse Collections
  • Refactor from Object collections to Primitive Collections

Growing the community

I would love to see more projects using and benefitting from the engineering investment we have collectively made in Eclipse Collections. Here’s my top 10 Project list that I would like to see include the goodness of Eclipse Collections.

The future is up to you, the contributor

Is there something missing from my wish list that you would like to see in Eclipse Collections? You have the power to impact and influence with your voice and your keyboard. Eclipse Collections is open for contributions, and we’d love to have more contributors helping shape the future of the library.

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

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