BEA to Join Eclipse Foundation - Page 3

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-02-21 Print this article Print

"Eclipse has already established itself as the leading [Java] IDE framework," Manes said. "Its seriously eroding Borlands market share. BEA has spent a lot of money developing Workshop, but I dont think its won much market share to date. I think BEA would be better off implementing their IDE componentry as plug-ins to Eclipse," she said. "Its a tougher decision for Borland," Manes said. "The JBuilder IDE is their crown jewel. But I think Borland could retarget their entire SDLC [software development lifecycle] tool suite around an Eclipse foundation. It will be a lot of work, but I think they need to do it to survive."
The news of BEA and Borland clinging to Eclipse leaves Sun Microsystems Inc. as an outsider among major Java supporters by its unwillingness to support Eclipse, an effort initially led and funded by IBM. Sun had been in talks with the Eclipse organizations leadership about how the company could support Eclipse or possibly join the organization but decided the effort would be too great and that Sun had too much invested in its NetBeans open-source development platform. "Alas, NetBeans is nowhere," Manes said. "My expectation is that Oracle will be the only one with its own toolset by the end of the year except for some other smaller companies like JetBrains," Murphy said. "Sun and IBM are going to find some way to come together—they should—or the power of the JCP will be jeopardized and the open-source community will drive de facto standards while the de jure standards matter to a smaller audience." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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