Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Eclipse Effect Will Bring Open-Source Opportunities Into View

Source: CRN


Plans for an Eclipse Application Lifecycle Framework (ALF) will open up new opportunities for open-source developers and systems integrators, executives said at EclipseWorld.

At the New York conference late last month, Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich said the evolution of the Eclipse Java IDE into a full-fledged Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform will spur more commercial activity on the open-source development environment over the next 12 months.

Headed by Serena Software, a leading ALM ISV, and approved by the foundation on July 27, the ALF project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2006.

“In the future, we see Eclipse becoming a complete development platform with full application development life-cycle capabilities. It’s still early, but tool integration is only one of the areas that will grow in importance,” said Milinkovich, noting that ALF will serve as the glue that will enable interoperability between various tools and create a network effect benefiting ISVs, vendors and channel partners.

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