Friday, July 16, 2004

Will Sun get behind Eclipse?

Will Sun get behind Eclipse?
Analysts are calling on Sun Microsystems to make its NetBeans open-source integrated development environ- ment (IDE) work with the Eclipse open-source IDE, in order to head off the challenge from Microsoft's dot-Net.

Eclipse started life as an IBM initiative but last year IBM handed over control to the independent Eclipse Foundation. Sun contributed NetBeans to the open source community in June 2000, and IBM made Eclipse open source a year later.

Sun said that there have been two million downloads of the NetBeans IDE. But Eclipse - which supports development in other languages in addition to Java - has gained even greater traction among Java developers.

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