On the eve of the second annual EclipseCon2005 user group meeting this week, Eclipse Foundation founding member Borland Software has announced it will take a seat on the organization’s board of directors and that new members are joining the group’s roster.
Eclipse is an open platform for tool integration built by an open community of tool providers. Operating under a open-source paradigm, the Eclipse platform is designed to provide tool developers with flexibility and control over their software technology. Eclipse-based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multilanguage, multiplatform, multivendor environment.
“Eclipse and integrated development environments in general have evolved from simply being a feature container into a new kind of development platform — a platform on which companies like Borland are building high-value ALM capabilities that make software development more manageable, predictable, efficient and successful,” said Pat Kerpan, chief technology officer at Borland.
The Expanding Eclipse
The not-for-profit Eclipse Foundation originally formed in February 2004 when IBM released the Eclipse Platform into open source. It is now an independent body on a mission to drive the platform’s evolution to benefit the providers of software development offerings and end users.
BEA Systems, Sybase and Scapa Technologies also joined founding members Ericsson, HP, IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software, QNX, SAP and Serena Software to show support for the open-source platform last week. Analysts said the rush of support is significant.
“These joinings obviously show the emergence of Eclipse Foundation as the leading open-source community,” Gartner vice president of Internet & e-business technologies, told LinuxInsider. “Arguably, its EMF framework is the most widely used Java development environment worldwide.”
Borland’s Double Play
Borland will play a new leadership role in advancing Eclipse technology by committing a full-time development team to expand the platform and contribute to areas such as modeling that play an important role in Borland’s vision for software delivery optimization.
While part of Borland’s increased investment includes expanding its use of Eclipse as a platform across its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) product line, the company is also increasing support for Microsoft Visual Studio so it can provide its customers with options. Nevertheless, Eclipse executive director Mike Milinkovich is pleased with Borland’s support.
“Borland’s extensive experience and expertise with application lifecycle management is a great asset for advancing the Eclipse vision of a universal development platform,” said Milinkovich, who added that he looks forward to Borland’s contributions as a vocal advocate for the Eclipse platform.