Eclipse project brings open

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-10-03 Print this article Print

source into Java tools space"> "We ultimately chose MySQL because of speed and support. We found that MySQL was significantly faster for our application," Ostman said. "At the time, we didnt have need for replication or transactional processing, which would have probably caused us to choose Oracle instead, and when the time came when we actually needed those features, MySQL had already introduced them.

"For a nimble, growing company like PriceGrabber, MySQL support is superb. Weve always been able to access support personnel quickly at a modest cost, and this is in stark contrast to the larger database vendors," Ostman said.

While open source has obviously made its mark in the middleware arena, perhaps equally strong has been its impact in the Java tools space, where the Eclipse open-source development platforms pull has caused nearly every Java toolmakers strategy to change.

Over the last year, Oracle open-sourced its JDeveloper tool for building Java applications and moved closer to Eclipse. In the same period, Borland Software Corp. saw sales of its market-leading, Java-based JBuilder application development tool erode at the emergence of Eclipse and now plans to base the next version of JBuilder, code-named Peloton, on Eclipse, said Patrick Kerpan, chief technology officer at the Scotts Valley, Calif., company. Sybase Inc., BEA and CA adopted Eclipse as the foundation for their tooling. In addition, IBM, which initially funded Eclipse, is now having a hard time differentiating some of its high-end Rational tools from lower-priced Eclipse-based tools from competitors.

BEA tools could pave the way to SOA adoption. Click here to read more. In the meantime, one company—Genuitec LLC, based in Plano, Texas—has been able to rally around Eclipse to build a successful business model out of the platform. MyEclipse offers a low-cost, Eclipse-based IDE (integrated development environment), and Genuitec has been experiencing double-digit growth, the company said.

Overall, the result of open-source churn has been an influx of software for enterprise developers. Enterprises are moving to create their own projects as well.

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the investment arm of Dresdner Bank AG, in Frankfurt, Germany, has developed an open-source framework, called Openadaptor, for accelerating the integration of disparate systems.

DrKW signed a three-year agreement with CollabNet Inc., of Brisbane, Calif., to broaden support for DrKWs open-source community site.

CollabNet provides the hosting infrastructure and development platform for the site. With Openadaptor, enterprises can connect their systems over the Internet without writing new code, DrKW officials said.

DrKW initially built Openadaptor to facilitate systems integration within the investment bank and between the bank and its partners and customers. The platform is basically an EAI (enterprise application integration) framework with components for integrating JMS (Java Message Service); LDAP; e-mail; IBMs MQ Series; the Oracle, Sybase and MySQL databases; and XML data exchange, the company said.

Essentially, Openadaptor combines open-source components for use in a corporate environment.

Stephen Ferrando, CEO of dbConcert Inc., a New York-based company that helps customers implement open-source technology and uses Openadaptor, said, "Weve done work for a number of financial services and e-commerce companies. Almost all of our engagements utilize open-source software in one way or another. Weve used open-source software to build a signal transfer point gateway for financial services firms, a sophisticated presentation graphics application for a New York-based hedge fund and a Web-based performance marketing system for a large e-commerce player, to name just a few."

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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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