Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Macromedia aligns with Eclipse

Builder.AU Reports:

Macromedia is to join the Eclipse Foundation and plans to create
Zorn, an IDE based on Eclipse.

In a bid to get Java developers writing Flash applications,
Macromedia is throwing its weight behind the Eclipse programming system.

Eclipse is an open-source integrated development environment that provides application developers with programming tools and reusable components. While based on Sun Microsystems' Java programming language, Eclipse can be used to create applications in formats competitive with Java, including Flash.

Macromedia said it will join the Eclipse Foundation and create a
"next-generation rich Internet application development tool," code-named Zorn, based on Eclipse. Macromedia are stating that when Zorn is released it will replace Flex Builder, Macromedia's current tool for building rich internet applications. According to Macromedia Zorn will be the "primary tool for developing applications that leverage the Macromedia Flex framework. Zorn may implement some features differently, but the intent is that Zorn will provide even greater utility for Flex developers."

"This is a big move for us because we've always used our own tools," said Kevin Lynch, Macromedia's chief software architect. "Now we're adopting an open-source approach to build a new tool. It's important for the Flash platform because there's a growing community of developers adopting Eclipse and we would like to enable developers for the Flash platform to take advantage of it."

For the past few years, Macromedia has been trying to transform Flash from a Web design and animation tool into a technology for creating Internet-based applications. Against heated competition by everything from existing Web technologies to Microsoft's long-delayed new
operating system, code-named Longhorn, Macromedia has claimed some success with the adoption by more than 300 enterprises of its Flex application server software, which is used to create Flash applications.

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