Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Eclipse offers adaptable IDEs for Java and C programming work

Eclipse offers adaptable IDEs for Java and C programming work

What is it?
Eclipse is a platform for building integrated development environments (IDEs) for Java and C++ programming, websites and other applications. An open source project begun by IBM, Eclipse is now supported by a wide range of suppliers and organisations, including Borland, Oracle, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard and the Object Management Group. In particular, the project wants to involve tool builders to provide plug-in tools for Eclipse IDEs.

The idea of Eclipse is to provide an IDE that can constantly evolve and adapt, instead of being junked with each change in the focus of software development, forcing user organisations to retool, and developers to learn again from scratch. Outside the English-speaking developer community, Eclipse has been enthusiastically adopted in Germany and Japan.

Developers who use Eclipse-based tools have a choice of languages, platforms and suppliers. Eclipse IDEs are used on Linux, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X and Windows-based systems.

Where did it originate?
The Eclipse Foundation was formed in 2001 by Borland, IBM, Merant, Rational, Red Hat, SuSE and others. It has since been joined by suppliers including Fujitsu, Hitachi, Sybase, SAP, Ericsson, Intel, Micro Focus and JBoss.

In 2004, the foundation was reorganised as a not-for-profit corporation to ensure that the technology and source code would remain openly available and royalty-free.
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