Eclipse Joins Java Community Process

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-01-11 Print this article Print

Maybe cats and dogs can live together, after all. Sources close to the matter revealed today that the Eclipse Foundation has joined the Java Community Process. (Linux-Watch)

The Eclipse Foundation has joined the Java Community Process, according to sources close to the organization. A formal announcement is scheduled for the week of Jan. 15, the source told eWEEK. A quick check of the JCP membership list confirmed that the Foundation is now listed as a member.
Historically, the two development groups have not worked or played well with each other. Both, however, have had a common goal: an open-source, inexpensive Java IDE (integrated development environment) that can be used on multiple platforms to produce programs for various types of computers.
As Marc Erickson, then communications manager for the Eclipse Java IDE project, said in early 2003, "Developers need and want tools that can deal with an increasing complex computing world while letting them work with a single tool kit." Proponents of a unified, open-source Java IDE also believe that such an IDE would boost Javas fortunes by making development easier and more competitive with Microsofts popular Visual Studio .Net. As is so often the case, however, two companies, Sun Microsystems and IBM, took two different, and incompatible, roads to creating a Java IDE. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Java IDEs make nice: Eclipse joins JCP Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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