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CNET News.com: Gartner Commentary: Eclipse, a developer's dream?

Nov 07, 2001, 10:56 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph Feiman, Mark Driver)
"The challenges of Eclipse as a project will be found in partnerships: IBM has to make sure that participation by its partners is not just lip service, as partnerships will likely be the most critical factor in Eclipse's success. Without real partnerships, IBM would struggle to turn Eclipse into the foundation of a top tool kit. In addition, partners are not bound to be exclusively loyal to IBM. IBM has to make its consortium, Eclipse, the most appealing and rewarding one.

The advantage of Eclipse as a project is that it is first to market with a community property and strong offer.

Eclipse is an ambitious project and an ambitious product foundation. If it succeeds, it will revive the concept of best tools combined in a single workbench--an application developer's dream. Eclipse must guarantee the real partnership of many company and make components a key aspect of participants' tools to make them "pluggable" into the workbench.

IBM customers should start shifting from VisualAge for Java to WebSphere Studio but also evaluate participating companies' "pluggable" products expected to come to market in the second or third quarter of 2002."

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