Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Eclipse unveils latest open-source development platform

Eclipse unveils latest open-source development platform
The Eclipse Foundation last week announced the launch of Version 3.0 of its open-source development platform - the first major release since the non-profit group assumed oversight of the IBM-created technology.

One key feature is a rich-client framework that will further transform Eclipse 'from a platform for doing tools integration to a platform for doing application construction and integration',said Mike Milinkovich, the former Oracle vice-resident who became the group's executive director this month.

Another much-anticipated addition is the integration of Eclipse's Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and the Swing components endorsed by the Java Community Process (JCP) which Sun Microsystems created to evolve Java.

SWT and Swing are used to build graphical user interfaces, and some suppliers cried foul when IBM broke ranks from the JCP with its SWT. The technologies are being integrated for Windows and Linux.

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