Thursday, September 30, 2004

WHAT'S IT TO IBM? LEE NACKMAN EXPLAINS IBM'S ECLIPSE STRATEGY

WHAT'S IT TO IBM? LEE NACKMAN EXPLAINS IBM'S ECLIPSE STRATEGY
Big Blue may have handed off the Eclipse reins a year and a half ago, but it certainly hasn't backed off of the technology at all. Next to come out of the pipeline is Atlantic, the latest version of IBM's Rational development tools suite that's built entirely on the Eclipse IDE. Eclipse News contributing editor Jill Aitoro recently interviewed Lee Nackman, vice president of desktop tools and CTO of Rational, about IBM's strategy for Eclipse.

Eclipse News: Can you tell me a little bit about your background leading up to your current position with IBM Rational?

Nackman: I spent 16 years working in the IBM research division before joining the IBM software group and getting involved with WebSphere. I initiated the project that became Eclipse and the WebSphere Studio product built on top of Eclipse. We acquired Rational, combining together the Rational team and the WebSphere Studio team, and I became the CTO and vice president responsible for developing these Eclipse-based tools that we call Atlantic.

Eclipse News: Before we get into that, let's talk about Eclipse as an IBM strategy. How much of the current support was part of the game plan when IBM first donated the WebSphere Studio Workbench? Did you envision this degree of integration within the product lines?

Nackman: I think it's fair to say that Eclipse has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. We originally started to build Eclipse as an integrated platform for IBM's application development tools. But the enthusiasm and the adoption of Eclipse both as a Java IDE and a tool platform by the external community has just been enormous. One of the real advantages to an open source project like this is the rapid growth of an ecosystem that happens once people decide, 'okay, this is good.' More and more contribute, more and more exploit it, and it snowballs. That happens both within IBM and more significantly in the larger software development community.

Eclipse News: So success breeds success.

Nackman: It's that virtuous cycle -- feedback accelerates the building of the ecosystem, because people want to do more and make it even better. It's been great.

Eclipse News: What's the current rundown of the products from IBM leveraging Eclipse?

Nackman: I don't know if I could even list them all. Certainly all of the WebSphere Studio products leverage Eclipse; the Lotus Workplace products; some database tools from the DB2 product line, as well as some of the runtimes that have the Eclipse Modeling Framework inside -- though you wouldn't see it. The [Rational Rose XDE Developer for Java] product is built on Eclipse, and there are plug-ins to support the [Rational ClearCase] and [XDE Tester] products. At the Rational Software Development User Conference, we announced Atlantic, the suite of tools built entirely on Eclipse that will be available late this year. I gave a demonstration of that technology in front of more than 2,000 people, and there was quite a bit of enthusiasm.

Eclipse News: Can you tell me a bit more about Atlantic?

Nackman: There are people who take on various roles in an enterprise. Their work has to be coordinated by some unifying platform. The Atlantic release will bring with it a complete integrated set of plug-ins that support the different roles associated with building software. IBM's strategy for enabling that integration was to build all necessary tool functionality on top of Eclipse and call it the IBM Software Development Platform. Eclipse enables the notion of role-based user interfaces, as well as the ability for different tools to share common models through the Eclipse Modeling Framework -- EMF. Also important is the ability for people to extend these tools through the Eclipse plug-in mechanism. Customers can extend our products for their specialized needs and also take advantage of the many other vendor plug-ins that offer added functionality.

Eclipse News: Where was the demand? What was the user community asking for that spurred this unified platform environment?

Nackman: The users are asking for tools that will let them more quickly develop applications that meet particular business needs. At the show, for example, I demonstrated how the new JavaServer Faces technology could be used together with Web services to quickly add a Web page to a weather application. It's drag-and-drop; adding that kind of capability to an application without having to write a lot of glue code. Think about the different roles -- you can start at the analyst view, where there's a close connection to understanding the business needs. If you move on to the role of the developer, there's still a need to understand the business needs, but there's also a desire to exploit technology for quickly building applications. The Software Development Platform accommodates the whole spectrum of users with customizable functionality and interfaces.

Eclipse News: The Software Development Platform seems to expand beyond the traditional developer to almost incorporate the whole enterprise.

Nackman: Some think of Eclipse as a really great java IDE. And that's true. But Eclipse is really intended to be a more broadly scoped tools platform. We're using it in that way -- not just aiming it at developers writing Java or C++.

Eclipse News: Theoretically, other players in the industry could develop products that compete with those offered by IBM right in the same environment. In that sense, what are your thoughts on how Eclipse affects the competitive climate?

Nackman: This is a great thing for customers in the following sense: it says that the vendors are going to compete on the things that add real value. We're not going to compete on the basic IDE. Instead, we're all going to build on it and compete with additional functionality. The customers win that way. Obviously, IBM Rational has market-leading products; but if customers want to use competitive or open source technology, they can. I think that's what makes Eclipse really interesting. Its evolution will be driven by the needs of vendors building products and also by the needs of those using the environment as consumers. The key message moving forward is that IBM will continue to take full advantage of what Eclipse provides: the necessary integration, the extensibility, and the openness.

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IBM releases source code of speech software

IBM releases source code of speech software
Big Blue is releasing code to the Apache and Eclipse Foundations, but users will need to buy a proprietary speech-recognition system to take advantage of this.

IBM will release the code of various runtime and tool components to the open-source community to make it easier for developers to add speech-recognition capability to Web applications. The company announced earlier this month that it will give software components to the Apache Software Foundation, an organisation that supports a range of open-source software projects, to make it easier for Web developers to build speech-enabled Web applications.

It is also planning to give speech mark-up editors to the Eclipse Foundation, an open-source software development platform, to help developers to write standards-based speech applications.

Mike Milinkovich, the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told Builder UK on Friday that the mark-up editors will be implemented as an Eclipse plug-in and will be integrated with the other tools that it already provides. He said that increasing the number of speech-enabled applications will not just make it easier for people with disabilities to use a computer, but could eventually revolutionise the way we interact with computers.

"Voice is a more natural way to interact with computers. Accessibility is a key part of it, but the hope is to make voice applications truly ubiquitous," said Milinkovich.

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Orinda Software, Ltd. Releases Eclipse Plugin That Writes JDBC Access Code for Oracle

Orinda Software, Ltd. Releases Eclipse Plugin That Writes JDBC Access Code for Oracle
Orinda Software, Ltd., a leading vendor of JDBC developer tools, today announced the availability of a new version of their OrindaBuild JDBC access code generator that is integrated with the popular Eclipse development environment. The OrindaBuild Plugin for Eclipse 3.0 dramatically speeds up development by automating the generation of Java to access Oracle databases. Unlike most database persistence products OrindaBuild is strongly focused on Oracle and provides industry-leading support for calling Oracle PL/SQL stored procedures from Java.

"Until now Eclipse users have lacked an automated way of generating Java code to call Oracle's stored procedures, and have had to spend hours carefully writing the required JDBC calls. OrindaBuild writes human readable Java to call PL/SQL in seconds," said David Rolfe, managing director of Orinda Software. "Generating such access code automatically allows skilled developers to focus their energies on the customer's goals instead of hand coding JDBC calls. In the case of PL/SQL procedures with large numbers of complex parameters, writing the JDBC call by hand can take longer than writing the procedure did."

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IBM releases source code

IBM releases source code
IBM will release the code of various runtime and tool components to the open-source community to make it easier for developers to add speech-recognition capability to Web applications.

The company announced earlier this month that it will give software components to the Apache Software Foundation, an organization that supports a range of open-source software projects, to make it easier for Web developers to build speech-enabled Web applications.

It is also planning to give speech mark-up editors to the Eclipse Foundation, an open-source software development platform, to help developers to write standards-based speech applications.

Mike Milinkovich, the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told ZDNet UK on Friday that the mark-up editors will be implemented as an Eclipse plug-in and will be integrated with the other tools that it already provides.

He said that increasing the number of speech-enabled applications will not just make it easier for people with disabilities to use a computer, but could eventually revolutionize the way we interact with computers.

"Voice is a more natural way to interact with computers. Accessibility is a key part of it, but the hope is to make voice applications truly ubiquitous," said Milinkovich.

Olaf Schmidt, a developer on the KDE Accessibility Project, which develops accessibility applications for the Linux desktop, told ZDNet UK that the components that IBM has released are useful for developing Web applications, but will not help with developing desktop applications.

Schmidt also pointed out that people with disabilities who rely on speech-enabled applications need to have IBM's ViaVoice or some other speech recognition system installed to make use of the code donated by IBM.

The high cost of proprietary versions of accessibility software versions can often be prohibitive, particularly as many people with disabilities are unemployed. This was pointed out by Janina Sajka, the chair of the Accessibility Workgroup of the Free Standards Group in an earlier interview.

KDE's Schmidt said there is a wide range of accessibility software available for the Linux platform, but speech-to-text applications have not yet been developed.

"There is no speech-recognition system available for Linux, which is a big gap. We need a release of IBM's ViaVoice with a license that allows us to use it with Linux-only free software." Speech recognition software is essential for people who no longer have the full use of their hands, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) sufferers.

"Some people with MS can only move one finger and can take a minute to type just one character," said Schmidt. ViaVoice was made available for Linux in June 2000, but was later taken off the market.

Aaron Leventhal, an IBM employee, said at a KDE conference in August that ViaVoice's text to speech engine would be made available for Linux through Wizzard Software. He made a similar statement in a presentation about accessibility to the developers of open-source browser Mozilla.

But if users wish to use this software, which does not include the speech-recognition components, they must develop their own application in a Windows environment and then compile it on Linux, according to the Wizzard Web site.

IBM was unable to provide a comment on this issue at the time of writing.

Another hope for Linux users who need speech-recognition software is Sphinx, an open-source speech recognition project. But according to the project's Web site this is not a final product, and Schmidt is not aware of any desktop project using it.

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Busy month for JBoss

Busy month for JBoss
JBoss has now joined the Eclipse foundation and will be providing code to the J2EE Standard Tools Project. Eclipse has grown rapidly in strength since it was set up as a separate organisation. JBoss joining Eclipse makes perfect sense and will enhance its attraction in the enterprise space.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

JBoss Becomes Eclipse Foundation Member

JBoss Becomes Eclipse Foundation Member
September 22, 2004 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- J2EE application server developer JBoss Inc. (jboss.com) announced on Tuesday that it has become a member of application collaboration platform development community the Eclipse Foundation (eclipse.org), and will contribute code to the J2EE Standard Tools Project.

According to JBoss, the Eclipse Foundation's platform for integrating, modeling and testing applications has been adopted by commercial vendors, academic institutions and open technology developers.

"Our objective in joining the Eclipse Foundation, one of the most respected and active open source organizations, is to contribute code that we believe will make it easier for developers to work with JBoss," said Bob Bickel, vice president of strategy and corporate development at JBoss Inc. "We anticipate our first major contribution will be a plug-in that will provide developers with a Java-based, aspect oriented framework that will be of use in any programming environment."

Eclipse Foundation representatives say that working formally with Eclipse to provide better development tools will ultimately allow JBoss to help developers build better, easier to use middleware. Eclipse, says the organization, is already widely used by companies working with the JBoss Application Server.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

JBoss Joins Eclipse, Releases Application Server 4.0

JBoss Joins Eclipse, Releases Application Server 4.0
Open-source firm JBoss made two high-profile announcements today, unveiling the release of Application Server 4.0 and detailing an alliance with the Eclipse Foundation.

Both announcements indicate that the company is expanding its open-source presence, as well as becoming more of a contributor to the open-source community.

JBoss' Application Server 4.0, which is middleware that was recently certified for J2EE, is poised for enterprise production deployment, the company noted.

While it promotes that product, JBoss also will be concentrating on its efforts with the Eclipse Foundation, a community dedicated to implementing a universal platform for tools integration.

Seeing the Eclipse

Having JBoss as a member of the Eclipse Foundation will be valuable, Mike Milinkovich, the foundation's executive director, told LinuxInsider. Eclipse's platform has been adopted by commercial vendors, academic institutions and open-technology developers, and allows for software modeling and testing as well as tools integration.

By working together, JBoss and the foundation will work toward developing more complete and tightly integrated open-source tools and middleware products, according to the company.

"Having JBoss join us is important, because it further endorses Eclipse's tool integration platform for doing J2EE development," Milinkovich said. "JBoss will be contributing by putting resources into our projects, and that ensures a first-class deployment."

Milinkovich added that Eclipse has been doing work with other open-source projects as well, including the Apache Foundation, and each project gives Eclipse and open source a fresh boost of resources and prominence.

He anticipates that the first major contribution to come out of the partnership is a plug-in that will provide developers with a Java-based, aspect-oriented framework that can be used in any programming environment.

"We wouldn't have been able to do a project like the plug-in without contributions and resources from places like JBoss," Milinkovich said. "That's why this is really great news."

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JBoss Joins Eclipse Foundation, Releases New Server

JBoss Joins Eclipse Foundation, Releases New Server
ATLANTA – JBoss, a developer of open source Java applications, has joined the Eclipse Foundation.

The group is focused on development of a universal platform for tools integration. JBoss said it will contribute code toward the J2EE (enterprise Java) project.

Also this week, JBoss released its Application Server 4.0 for the enterprise. The serve had to pass 23,000 tests to achieve certification for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition.

"Open source is rapidly moving beyond Linux and the operating system into middleware. As a company at the forefront of this second generation of open source, JBoss is focused on building an entire open source middleware stack with JBoss AS as the foundation," said Marc Fleury, chairman and CEO of JBoss, in a statement. "JBoss AS 4.0, the culmination of nearly three years of research in aspect orientation, showcases JBoss' ability to innovate ahead of the market and deliver a uniquely architected product that significantly enhances flexibility and combines the simplicity of standard Java with the power of the J2EE platform."

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JBoss Joins Eclipse Foundation, Releases New Server

JBoss Joins Eclipse Foundation, Releases New Server
ATLANTA – JBoss, a developer of open source Java applications, has joined the Eclipse Foundation.

The group is focused on development of a universal platform for tools integration. JBoss said it will contribute code toward the J2EE (enterprise Java) project.

Also this week, JBoss released its Application Server 4.0 for the enterprise. The serve had to pass 23,000 tests to achieve certification for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition.

"Open source is rapidly moving beyond Linux and the operating system into middleware. As a company at the forefront of this second generation of open source, JBoss is focused on building an entire open source middleware stack with JBoss AS as the foundation," said Marc Fleury, chairman and CEO of JBoss, in a statement. "JBoss AS 4.0, the culmination of nearly three years of research in aspect orientation, showcases JBoss' ability to innovate ahead of the market and deliver a uniquely architected product that significantly enhances flexibility and combines the simplicity of standard Java with the power of the J2EE platform."

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JBoss Joins Eclipse Foundation, Releases New Server

JBoss Joins Eclipse Foundation, Releases New Server
ATLANTA – JBoss, a developer of open source Java applications, has joined the Eclipse Foundation.

The group is focused on development of a universal platform for tools integration. JBoss said it will contribute code toward the J2EE (enterprise Java) project.

Also this week, JBoss released its Application Server 4.0 for the enterprise. The serve had to pass 23,000 tests to achieve certification for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition.

"Open source is rapidly moving beyond Linux and the operating system into middleware. As a company at the forefront of this second generation of open source, JBoss is focused on building an entire open source middleware stack with JBoss AS as the foundation," said Marc Fleury, chairman and CEO of JBoss, in a statement. "JBoss AS 4.0, the culmination of nearly three years of research in aspect orientation, showcases JBoss' ability to innovate ahead of the market and deliver a uniquely architected product that significantly enhances flexibility and combines the simplicity of standard Java with the power of the J2EE platform."

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ATG integrating e-commerce technology for WebSphere and Eclipse

ATG integrating e-commerce technology for WebSphere and Eclipse
Art Technology Group's Adam Belmont has spent the past year working to make it easier for Java developers to build customer-facing Web applications on IBM's WebSphere Studio platform.

In July 2003, IBM and ATG announced an agreement to integrate WebSphere with ATG's technology for managing a customer's relationship with an e-commerce Web site. Since then, Belmont has been working to make that happen.

Most of this work involves integrating ATG's Adaptive Scenario Engine with WebSphere. "We have a set of plug-ins for WebSphere Studio and Eclipse that help developers to create ATG products on those platforms," says Belmont, who is ATG's director, software development.

The advantage of using the plug-ins and other ATG technology is that it saves time in developing the e-commerce apps, he says.

"Say you were building without the ATG platform," Belmont explains. "The developer would have to come up with a database schema, write Java code that had potentially hard-coded SQL statements in it, [and] write all the logic to figure out who this user is - what do we know about them, what advertisements should I show them or what content should be displayed. There's a whole lot of work there that needs to be done by hand."

The ATG developers have already done this work, so that Java coders don't have to spend much time on it.

"If they're using ATG out of the box, we have a data access layer that will separate the user from talking directly to SQL," Belmont says. "So they're not going to be writing SQL in their Java code. They can just use a Java API for a Java-to-database persistence layer. They're not going to have to write a lot of code to design the scenarios. There's a GUI tool that's used to lay out the structure of a scenario. Our application will send back events declaring what has happened to a user."

The scenario engine is technology ATG developed to manage a customer's experience on an e-commerce Web site and beyond. It can, for example, be programmed to offer certain customers a discount coupon for a product when they log onto the site. It can also send a targeted e-mail months later to entice the customer back to the site and to look at new products similar to past purchases.

"That could be done without writing any code at all," Belmont says of the online coupon scenario. "You design your JSP page, but you really wouldn't have to write a whole lot of Java code to accomplish that. It could be done very quickly." The creation of the coupon offer can be done with the GUI tool ATG provides.

While e-commerce is the most popular example of using the scenario technology and ATG boasts customers, including Neiman Marcus, FootLocker and J. Crew, Belmont says the technology will also work for internal enterprise Web portals providing employees with information on things like store inventories.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Agitar Software Joins Eclipse Foundation

Agitar Software Joins Eclipse Foundation
Agitar Software, the leader in developer testing for the enterprise, today announced it has joined the Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration.

The leading open-source tool development platform, Eclipse is quickly gaining momentum among Java developers as an enterprise-class Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It allows system development, testing, and management tools from multiple vendors to be integrated in a seamless solution.

Agitator(TM), the core of Agitar's enterprise developer testing solution, intelligently exercises Java code to discover its behavior and presents observations to the developer. Developers can convert Agitator's observations into unit tests with a single click, without writing any code. This unique process, called "Software Agitation," helps developers create thorough sets of reusable unit tests. Agitation lets developers edit and enhance their code with confidence, helping them prevent errors as they write or modify their programs.

"Our customers at Global 2000 organizations are embracing the Eclipse development platform and we are committed to supporting their requirements," said Jerry Rudisin, CEO of Agitar. "While Eclipse support is already a feature in our current Agitator solution, we are on a path to delivering a fully-integrated application that allows Java programmers to do coding and unit testing seamlessly from a single IDE."

Agitar's innovative approach to enterprise developer testing offers tremendous benefits to the Eclipse community," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse. "Eclipse is pleased to welcome Agitar as a new member. Unit testing is increasingly important and we believe Agitar will make important contributions in advancing this critical technology."

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Agitar Software Joins Eclipse Foundation

Agitar Software Joins Eclipse Foundation
Agitar Software, the leader in developer testing for the enterprise, today announced it has joined the Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration.

The leading open-source tool development platform, Eclipse is quickly gaining momentum among Java developers as an enterprise-class Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It allows system development, testing, and management tools from multiple vendors to be integrated in a seamless solution.

Agitator(TM), the core of Agitar's enterprise developer testing solution, intelligently exercises Java code to discover its behavior and presents observations to the developer. Developers can convert Agitator's observations into unit tests with a single click, without writing any code. This unique process, called "Software Agitation," helps developers create thorough sets of reusable unit tests. Agitation lets developers edit and enhance their code with confidence, helping them prevent errors as they write or modify their programs.

"Our customers at Global 2000 organizations are embracing the Eclipse development platform and we are committed to supporting their requirements," said Jerry Rudisin, CEO of Agitar. "While Eclipse support is already a feature in our current Agitator solution, we are on a path to delivering a fully-integrated application that allows Java programmers to do coding and unit testing seamlessly from a single IDE."

Agitar's innovative approach to enterprise developer testing offers tremendous benefits to the Eclipse community," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse. "Eclipse is pleased to welcome Agitar as a new member. Unit testing is increasingly important and we believe Agitar will make important contributions in advancing this critical technology."

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MKS Brings Innovative Process and Workflow Support to Eclipse and IBM WebSphere Development Environments

MKS Brings Innovative Process and Workflow Support to Eclipse and IBM WebSphere Development Environments

MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (ESCM) solutions for the Global 1000, today announced an expanded integration for Eclipse and IBM WebSphere development environments bringing the powerful capabilities of MKS Integrity Manager(R), MKS's solution for process and workflow, directly to the developer's desktop.

While other SCM vendors offer developers the ability to access common SCM functionality within Eclipse and IBM WebSphere, MKS is the first to offer such innovative process management support in this environment. Using the MKS "WorkTray," developers on distributed, mainframe and iSeries platforms may receive work assignments (tasks), run queries, review, and update without ever stepping outside of their integrated development environment (IDE). All software changes are easily linked to approved development tasks, providing complete traceability of all development work, significantly aiding any compliance initiatives and IT audit-ability within the organization.

"IT organizations who have a strategic investment in Eclipse or IBM WebSphere development environments, and who are seeking to reach higher levels of process maturity or comply with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, will be delighted with this new capability," says David Martin, MKS vice president, Product Management. "MKS, with its "Ready for WebSphere" certification, already offers one of the most robust SCM integrations on the market today. Now, with our integrated workflow capabilities, developers can follow prescribed process with ease. In turn, project managers can trust that development work is properly resourced, and have immediate visibility through MKS Integrity Manager of work assignments and progress. We are proud to continue our track record of innovation and support for Eclipse and the IBM WebSphere development suite."

MKS is pleased to announce two upcoming Webinars demonstrating the integration between MKS Integrity Manager, Eclipse and IBM WebSphere development environments scheduled for September 15 and 16, 2004. The first, "Managing Eclipse and WebSphere Development More Effectively with the New MKS WorkTray," will benefit Eclipse, WSAD and WSSD users. The second, "Managing iSeries and Multi-Platform Development More Effectively with the New MKS Worktray for IBM WebSphere Development Studio Client," will benefit WDSc for iSeries users. Both events run from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT. Please visit our homepage at http://www.mks.com for details and free registration.

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LynuxWorks Introduces Advanced Eclipse Tool Platform for Next Generation Embedded Designs

LynuxWorks Introduces Advanced Eclipse Tool Platform for Next Generation Embedded Designs
LynuxWorks(TM) Inc. announced today a new enhanced tool set, the Luminosity Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which is based on the popular Eclipse IDE platform. The Luminosity IDE delivers an array of features that provides embedded system developers a simplified, flexible platform to accelerate product time-to-market in the aerospace, telecommunications and military sectors. With the availability of the Luminosity IDE, LynuxWorks extends its existing portfolio of embedded tools to provide developers the widest range of IDEs for their design needs.

Luminosity IDE is a Linux(R) and Solaris(TM)-based IDE powered by the Eclipse platform, giving developers complete control over creating, editing, compiling, managing and debugging C/C++ and Java embedded and real-time applications. Developers can easily select the project wizard to jumpstart development and easily view all process and thread activity taking place on the target through the system viewer.

Luminosity IDE offers a rich set of features that allows developers a variety of programs and options, including the following:

-- Platform Administration - allows users to configure and manage different cross environments with OS targets such as BlueCat(R) Linux for Intel(R) x86 or LynxOS(R) RTOS for PowerPC(R)

-- Target Administration - helps users define the exact hardware target to use

-- Build Engine - provides options for debugging and building final projects

-- Project Wizard - allows users to easily create a project coding framework (C,C+)

-- Kernel Wizard - enables developers to create C projects to build kernels

Luminosity IDE also includes an Eclipse tool bar that allows users to invoke Telnet, FTP, RCP options for communicating between host and target, as well as a variety of debugger options such as GDB (command line debugger), the Total DB (GUI version of GDB), the Total View (proprietary debugger for LynxOS), and the Eclipse Integrated Debugger for graphical debugging with GDB 5.x or higher.

"LynuxWorks is dedicated to extending continued value to embedded system developers and providing the widest range of tools to accelerate time to market of their design projects," said Bob Morris, vice president, sales and marketing for LynuxWorks. "With our new Eclipse platform, developers have another open standard-based platform that is compatible with our entire product line."

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LynuxWorks readies Eclipse-based IDE

LynuxWorks readies Eclipse-based IDE
LynuxWorks expects to ship a new development tool in two weeks that will support both its embedded Linux distribution and its proprietary RTOS. Luminosity will be based on the Eclipse framework, and will support Solaris and Linux hosts, along with all target architectures supported by BlueCat Linux and LynxOS.

LynuxWorks first announced development tools based on Eclipse in March, and demonstrated them at the main Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Francisco later that month.

Other commercial embedded Linux vendors selling Eclipse-based IDEs include TimeSys, MontaVista, and Wind River. Wind River's offering is notably similar, in that it supports "any Linux" as well as Wind River's proprietary RTOS VxWorks, providing a unified development environment for companies using both or migrating from one to the other.

LynuxWorks has long marketed the real-time upgrade path provided by its proprietary OS, which features binary compatibility layers for Linux, VxWorks, and other embedded OSes. A unified development environment for both LynuxWorks embedded OSes should help this strategy.

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IBM Ponies Up Speech Tech

IBM Ponies Up Speech Tech
IBM has handed over speech technology to two open-source groups to boost development of speech-recognition applications, which proponents say will eventually become common in customer-service call centers, automobiles and elsewhere. The Armonk, N.Y., company has donated code called "reusable dialog components" to The Apache Software Foundation, developer of the popular Apache web server. The RDCs help in enabling telephony software, for example, to understand basic words such as dates, times and locations, i.e. cities and states.

In addition, IBM handed over software tools for speech editing to the Eclipse Foundation.

Both donations are valued at about $10 million, said Brian Garr, program director for the call center and voice portal segment of IBM's pervasive systems unit. The process for standardizing the technology within the open-source groups is expected to take seven to eight months.

The motivation behind IBM's giveaways is to speed up the use of speech-recognition software, according to the company.

"People will be able to develop speech applications for less upfront cost and deploy the software faster," Garr said. "We hope to really elevate all speech applications, so there is more deployment in the middleware infrastructure of corporations."

Garr declined comment on whether the move was to outmaneuver a key competitor, Microsoft. The giant software maker has built its own tools for making speech recognition software for the company's Windows and .Net platforms.

In March, Microsoft introduced Speech Server 2004 for running speech-enabled applications. More than 100,000 developers have downloaded the company's free software developer's kit for building speech applications for Microsoft's platforms

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

W3C Pioneer and Eclipse Advocate Now W3C Advisory Board Member

W3C Pioneer and Eclipse Advocate Now W3C Advisory Board Member

Recently elected as a W3C Advisory Board Member, ILOG's chief product officer, Jean Francois Abramatic, is certain to enhance the course of Eclipse development and use. Abramatic is a strong proponent of Eclipse.

Jean Francois Abramatic, chief product officer at ILOG, has been chosen for the Advisory Board of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Abramatic is already intimately familiar with the consortium. He was a founding member of W3C, and also served as chairman from 1996 - 2001.

People familiar with Francois' background and achievements are not surprised by the news. He has been recognized for his pioneering work in networking, and the use of new platforms to optimize enterprise-class software components and services. His work has allowed companies to realize the full potential of their IT systems. He has been, since the beginning, one of Eclipse's most ardent supporters.

Abramatic's role in W3C is in keeping with his reputation for creating innovative methodologies and graphics applications for not only corporate clients, but for foreign governments as well. He will chaperone many key issues the W3C faces, regarding strategy, management, legal matters, and process and conflict resolution.


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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Accelerated Technology's Nucleus EDGE Next Generation Development Environment Ushers In New Era of Eclipse Platform Use

Accelerated Technology's Nucleus EDGE Next Generation Development Environment Ushers In New Era of Eclipse Platform Use

MOBILE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2004--Accelerated Technology(R), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT), today announced its Nucleus(R) EDGE software development environment based on Eclipse, the open platform rapidly emerging as a standard for the embedded systems industry. The Nucleus EDGE software provides developers with a new, advanced embedded tool suite under Eclipse, that allows them to build, compile, debug and deploy their embedded applications more quickly and easily.

Comprising years of technology development, the Nucleus EDGE environment provides a suite of plug-ins to Eclipse. The Nucleus EDGE environment gives embedded developers tighter tool integration, total control over the quality and stability of their applications, full control of release cycles, shorter learning curves and a common platform with desktop tools.

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