Actually the idea to work on a completly new RSSOwl was born back in Summer 2005. At that time it became clear to me that it was very hard to catch up with the features of other readers without redesigning everything. I teamed up with another developer (Ismael) to work on RSSOwl 2 from scratch. Our main goal is to provide a newsreader that is powerful, easy to extend and easy to use. We chose the Eclipse Rich Client Platform as framework and db4o as powerfull database to store all the news. In combination with the well-known full-text search engine Lucene, we are able to implement exciting new features.
I will announce more details about a preview version for all to play with later this week. You will be able to either use RSSOwl 2 as standalone application, or add it as extension to your Eclipse.
On Tuesday you will find me in the exhibition hall at the booths of the opensource pavillion where I will demo RSSOwl and answer questions about upcoming RSSOwl 2.0.
Wednesday begins with a short talk about What's new in SWT 3.3. Later on that day I am giving a 40 minute demo of RSSOwl 2.0.
And on Thursday I am talking about The new JFace ColumnViewer API in Eclipse 3.3. Directly afterwards I am joining a panel about Usability and User Interface Best Practices in Eclipse.
That will be an exciting week :-)