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informIT: Eclipse Shines On, Even Without Sun

Feb 23, 2004, 08:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"The Eclipse Project, an IBM-spearheaded open-source initiative, drew a lot of attention lately when IBM rival Sun Microsystems backed away from joining. Despite Sun's very early exit, however, many independent software vendors (ISVs) and university researchers are claiming big advantages for the Eclipse IDE framework. Topping the list is the capability to create and work with plug-in tools written in a growing number of programming languages, across Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X operating environments.

"'Eclipse is a universal platform for integrating different development tools,' sums up Marc Erickson, who pulls double duty as both IBM's representative to Eclipse and communications manager for Eclipse.org..."

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