ECLIPSE FROM PAGE 51 the project leader. introducing Eclipse tech- Eclipse with the proposal
of Eclipse 3.0, we have seen Equinox is another great nologies to a whole new set of two very significant new
Eclipse transition from a project—it forms the basis of companies, communities projects which are actually
tools integration platform for virtually every project at and people. led by “user” companies
to also being an application Eclipse, as it focuses on the as opposed to the more
integration platform for the run-time implementation Any new projects in the historically typical ISVs.
desktop. Eclipse RCP has for Eclipse’s OSGi [Open works? The two that I am thinking
been very successful, and Services Gateway initiative]- There are several recently about are the Open System
we expect to see even more based plug-in architecture. announced project propos- Engineering Environment
growth going forward. Some of the most exciting als at Eclipse that I find project proposed by Boeing
Looking into the future, new technologies under particularly interesting. and the Maya enterprise
we see the Eclipse commu- development at Eclipse are The Rich AJAX Platform provisioning project pro-
nity headed very rapidly driven by Equinox. Exam- [RAP] project is bringing posed by Cisco [Systems].
into the direction of devel- ples include provisioning RCP-style plug-in develop- We’re pretty excited about
oping an application inte- and server-side run-times. ment to the AJAX [Asyn- this trend and hope to see
ers and devices as well as is exciting because it is so XML] world. RAP users Eclipse projects from out-
clients. Eclipse is evolving innovative. Developers are will be able to develop side the ISV community.
and maturing to become constantly seeking ways to browser-deployed AJAX
an open development How is the process of getting
platform that supports ‘Some of the most more user involvement in
run-times, frameworks exciting new technologies Eclipse going? and tools across devices, Well, two [Boeing and
clients and servers. under development at Eclipse Cisco] do not make a trend,
are driven by Equinox.’ but their contributions are a positive step.
What are some of your favorite projects, and why?
That’s a really hard ques- increase their productivity, applications in Java, using Is the issue of Sun Micro-
tion to answer because, and the task-oriented user the Eclipse plug-in archi- systems joining Eclipse still
with so many projects interface enhancements tecture, and deploy them worth talking about?
at Eclipse, there is a lot that Mylyn provides for the to existing Java EE enter- Nope. Sun is always wel-to choose from. Plus, of Eclipse workbenchisahuge prise architectures. For a come to join Eclipse. The
course, as the executive win for Eclipse developers. lot of developers, this is decision is theirs to make.
director, I clearly love all With Mylyn, the Eclipse IDE going to be a very attractive
our projects equally. is clearly the most produc- solution. What difference would it
But there are a couple of tive development environ- I’m also excited about make?
projects which I think have ment out there. the Eclipse Persistence None that I can think of.
an attribute or two which Andfinally, Ialwaysliketo Services [EPS] and SOA The Eclipse membership
are particularly interesting. talk about Higgins, the iden- Runtime [SOA RT] projects already includes every com-
Our C/C++ development tity management develop- because they’re so focused mercially successful player
tools [CDT] project is clearly ment framework at Eclipse. on extending the Eclipse in the Java ecosystem. It
an Eclipse success story on I have a personal interest in development platform into would be great to have Sun
many fronts. First of all, the protection of privacy and the enterprise server. participating, but I can’t see
the adoption of CDT has identity in today’s Internet The one thing that all how it would fundamen-been enormous. Especially world, and what Higgins three of these projects— tally change what we’re
within the embedded devel- is developing will hopefully RAP, EPS, SOA RT—have doing at Eclipse.
opment world, it is emerg- drive many improvements in common is that they
ing as the de facto standard for all of us as consumers extend Equinox/OSGi for How about Microsoft? They
for C/C++ IDE. Secondly, and private individuals who the enterprise server. joined the OpenAjax Alli-
CDT is one of the most interact every day over the ance. Is it conceivable they
diverse, transparent and Internet. As a person, I find Any new members you’re could become Eclipse mem-
community-led projects at Higgins very exciting. As the courting? bers and be part of the AJAX
Eclipse, which is a real tes- executive director of Eclipse, There has been an interest- projects in Eclipse?
tament to Doug Schaefer, I love the way Higgins is ing development lately at [CON TINUED ON PAGE 54]