Google Joins, Endorses Eclipse

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Google has joined the Eclipse Foundation, which describes itself as “an open source community whose projects are focused on providing a vendor-neutral open development platform and application frameworks for building software.”

This puts Google in close proximity to some other big companies, such as Intel and Motorola, which are already involved with Eclipse.

Intel and Motorola are “strategic members,” though, while Google is just an “add-in provider member.”

Still, Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, told ZDNet that “we are, of course, thrilled that Google decided to join the Eclipse Foundation.”

“It was a nice gesture of support for the Eclipse community and it is appreciated,” Milinkovich continued. “But what I am really excited about is the way that Google is using Eclipse as the development tools platform for the Google Web Toolkit. It is yet another demonstration of how Eclipse can be used as the tools platform for so many different languages and environments.”

It’s possible that Google could help Eclipse out in other ways, as well.

The foundation’s executive director told ZDNet that “It will be interesting to see if Google gets involved in some of the Eclipse projects related to Ajax such as ATF and RAP.”

Barbara Darrow noted that Google’s move, regardless of its level of involvement, puts some pressure on other corporations, including Microsoft.

“With Google’s entry, the ranks of Eclipse holdouts among key technology companies continues to shrink,” she wrote.

“Microsoft with its non-Java stack, remains outside the Eclipse sphere. And,” Darrow observed, “no one seems to expect Sun Microsystems to cowboy up for Eclipse, even though it moved more into open-source mode with its recent decision to put Java and related technologies into the General Public License.”


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