Father of Wiki Moves from Microsoft to Eclipse

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-10-17 Print this article Print

Ward Cunningham, one of Microsoft's high-profile hires, is leaving the Redmond software company for the open-source tool group Eclipse Foundation. (Microsoft Watch)

Microsoft Corp. has lost one of its high-profile hires to an open-source consortium. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, announced on Monday that Ward Cunningham is leaving Microsoft to join the staff of the open-source tool consortium. Cunninghams new title is Director of Committer Community Development. Cunningham, the father of the Wiki concept, joined Microsoft about two years ago. At Microsoft, he was not involved directly in social-networking-software development.
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Instead, Cunningham worked as an architect with the companys Patterns & Practices Team. Before joining Microsoft, Cunningham already had dabbled in all kinds of programming, including object-oriented-, extreme- and agile-programming ventures. According to his profile on Wikipedia, "Cunningham is also well known for his contributions to the developing practice of object-oriented programming: in particular, the use of pattern languages and CRC cards." The Eclipse Foundation is the group charged with promoting Eclipse, an open-source platform for tool integration built by a community of tool providers. Members of the foundation include BEA, Borland, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, SAP and SuSE, among others. The Eclipse platform competes head-to-head with Microsofts Visual Studio tool suite. Read the full story on Microsoft Watch: Father of Wiki Quits Microsoft; Moves to Open-Source Foundation Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
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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