Eclipse Developers Reap Design Awards
Despite having spun out the Eclipse consortium into an independent Eclipse Foundation, IBM continues to invest in the organization and its technology, particularly in attracting developers to the platform through competitions.Despite having spun out the Eclipse consortium into an independent Eclipse Foundation, IBM continues to invest in the organization and its technology, particularly in attracting developers to the platform. Last month, IBM announced the winners of the first International Challenge for Eclipse, as well as the recipients of Eclipse Innovation Grants, and IBMs sponsorship of the Association for Computing Machinerys International Collegiate Programming Contest, held at the end of March in Prague. It also shared information on grants the company provides to colleges for innovative uses of Eclipse. Gabriel Silberman, program director for IBM Centers for Advanced Studies at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, in Hawthorne, N.Y., said the EIG program is in its second year. In its first year, IBM awarded about 50 grants to university faculty and researchers. "This year we managed to award about 75 grants" amounting to nearly $3 million in awards over the two-year period, he said.
This years grant winners include Universidade da Coruña, in Spain, for a project for enabling visually impaired software developers; Universität des Saarlandes, in Germany, for a project related to changes in programming and applying data mining to version histories of large software systems; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass., for work on continuous testing, Java dialects and education; and the University of Cambridge, in England, for a project related to modular image processing for magnetic resonance brain imaging.