Eclipse Delivers for Dynamic Languages and AJAX
The three projects include the Eclipse DLTK (Dynamic Language Toolkit), the Eclipse RAP (Rich AJAX Platform), and the Eclipse ATF (AJAX Toolkit Framework). These projects provide innovative new Eclipse-based technology to be utilized by AJAX developers and developers using dynamic languages such as Python, Ruby and Tcl, said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation.
At the EclipseCon conference here, which runs March 5-8, the Eclipse Foundation announced that the Eclipse DLTK extends the Eclipse platform to other dynamic computer languages, such as Python, Ruby and Tcl. And DLTK provides the frameworks and components, such as debugging and interactive console, code indexing and refactoring, to simplify the task of adding support for dynamically typed languages to Eclipse, foundation officials said.
The initial release of DLTK is available and provides support for Tcl. Future releases will have support for Ruby and Python. More information can be found at www.eclipse.org/dltk.
"Eclipse is an important part of the Cisco development tool strategy and we have plans to expand its use as a development tool," said Ed Warnike, a software engineer at Cisco, in a statement. "We have and will continue to contribute to the DLTK project, specifically to the Tcl, in support of several thousand engineers at Cisco and elsewhere who are using this technology."
The Eclipse RAP project provides a run-time enabling organizations to build rich AJAX-enabled Internet applications. RAP extends the existing Eclipse RCP by adding a series of frameworks that allow developers to quickly create AJAX applications, Eclipse officials said. Based on Eclipse RCP technologies, this new initiative will let organizations use a common component model and platform to build both rich desktop applications and rich browser-based applications. The first milestone release of RAP is now available. More information can be found at www.eclipse.org/rap
"Nexaweb has incorporated ATF into our Nexaweb Studio, a visual drag-and-drop environment for developing enterprise AJAX applications," said Coach Wei, CTO of Nexaweb Technologies, in a statement.
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