Developer videos online

On huge request, we created new developer videos. They are on the youtube channel of the open source BIM collective in the ‘Developers’ playlist.

Basically we installed a screenrecorder on a new laptop and installed everything from scratch. You see the download and installation of Eclipse, Java, the setup of the Git gepositories, installation of the Maven tools, etc. etc.  There is also an explanation of how to run BIMserver with the and IfcOpenShell plugin.

Another video shows the start of a new internal plugin. You see the creation of a new plugin using the ‘DemoPlugins’  repository. Giving it a version number is also shown to get it working in the Maven context.

The last video is ‘an hour in the life of a BIMserver programmer’. This is the first hour of actual coding, experimenting and testing the newly created plugin. In this case the developer tried to create a plugin that calculates the outer area. The example shows the use of the preprocessed geometry from IfcOpenShell in combination with the semantics of IFC. As you can see it only takes a few hours to get a first prototype up and running. It will take some additional hours to fine tune it to perfection. The code is available on github for you to see it progress.

We’ve also added some smaller parts of the long videos into separate videos. These show the setup of,  BIM Surfer and the JavaScript API in Eclipse for development and some experiments with the new Query/Filter language based on JSON.

The IFC data used in the videos came from the public available Schependomlaan.

BIMserver testimonials movie

We’ve already announced it a couple of weeks ago, but now it is there: the final version of the BIMserver Breakfast 2011 movie. It has become a nice movie with lots of users giving their opinion about the BIMserver initiative. It is online on youtube.

Teaser: BIMserver testimonials 2011

During the last BIMserver Breakfast some people were interviewed about their experience with the open source initiative.
The final 7 minute movie with testimonials will be available in October this year. Some statements were very flattering and we are so proud we want to share them without waiting the final release. This is why we created a 1 minutes ‘teaser‘ with statements about from several different users. Of course the text is completely out of context, to make it sound even better than in the final movie. It is viewable on youtube. Within a few weeks the final version will be online as well.

Impression of the 2010 BIMserver Breakfast

For those who were not at the latest BIMserver Breakfast an impression is made by ensfilm. You can view it on youtube.