Thursday, May 19, 2005

Eclipse Shines Brighter With Developers

Eclipse Shines Brighter With Developers
The future looks brighter than ever for the Eclipse development platform, according to a recent market research study.

An Evans Data Corporation report released this week shows that Eclipse, the open source Java development environment, continues to gain support among professional developers. In North America, according to the report, the number of developers using Eclipse as their primary IDE grew 90 percent over the past year.

At the same time, according to the report, the number of developers using Eclipse grew more than 70 percent in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and by more than 60 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

"Among the top three Java IDEs, Eclipse is the only one gaining market share in EMEA, APAC and North America," said Evans analyst Albion Butters in a statement. "Eclipse looks like it may become the true open source killer app," he stated, drawing a comparison with similar growth in the use of MySQL, a popular open source database.

IBM launched Eclipse in 2001, and the project quickly gained widespread support in the Java developer community. Earlier this year, IBM spun off Eclipse as an independent foundation, and the project has attracted support from virtually every major Java tool vendor, with the exception of Sun Microsystems. IBM continues to use Eclipse as the foundation for the company's WebSphere development platform.

Eclipse has also gained a reputation as a highly extensible IDE, creating a market for hundreds of free and commercial developer plug-ins, including a growing number that support other programming languages.

According to the survey, Eclipse is now the most popular Java IDE in North America, although Borland's JBuilder still holds the top spot in the EMEA market.

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