IBM Bolsters Support for Eclipse
Continuing its investment in Eclipse, the open source platform for developing integrated development environments (IDE), IBM has announced new services, software and support aimed at improving the Eclipse platform and frameworks, and broadening community initiatives around development. For example, IBM has launched a pilot program for customers who use Eclipse as their primary development environment and want their development teams using both open source Eclipse and commercial Eclipse-based tools such as IBM Rational® software. It has also unveiled another round of funding for its Eclipse Innovation Award program, designed to encourage the use of open source and open standards-based tools for academic curricula and research. Qualified faculty and researchers may submit proposals for work with applications in teaching, research or community building around Eclipse and receive awards between $10,000 and $30,000.
Moreover, IBM has built a new "instant" help interface plug-in for Eclipse to help developers save time and costs associated with delivering a help system for their applications. While Eclipse does have a help system that can be used stand-alone, IBM has bundled it together for out-of-the-box use. Finally, IBM contributions to Eclipse were upped recently with three toolkits for the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform project, code for the newly created PHP IDE sub-project of the Eclipse Tools project, a new Application Programming Interface for the Eclipse Voice Tools project, and an Ajax Toolkit Framework to help developers create and efficiently debug Ajax applications. In collaboration with Borland, IBM is also proposing the creation a new top-level project called the "Eclipse Modeling Project," dedicated to the development of modeling-related technologies. The proposed project will help the evolution of modeling within Eclipse as well as promote its use within the community.
Four and a half years ago, IBM led the creation of the Eclipse open source project with a $40 million contribution of technology. In 2004, IBM helped launch the Eclipse Foundation as an independent not-for-profit organization. IBM is one of nearly 130 companies contributing to Eclipse as part of an effort to provide a universal platform of frameworks and exemplary tools that make it easy and cost-effective to build and deploy software in today's connected and unconnected world. For more information about IBM's activities with Eclipse, go here.
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