Eclipse IDE Gains More Members, Plug-ins

The Eclipse IDE has a wave of new members, plug-ins and core technology contributions. The latest Eclipse offerings, which debuted or were announced at last month's EclipseCon, offer support for debugging, business intelligence, build management, prototyping, and even plans to add modeling UIs and forms. IDN provides a shopping list and links to all the free downloads, where available.

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The Eclipse IDE received a wave of new members, plug-ins and core technology contributions. The latest Eclipse offerings offer support for debugging, business intelligence, build management, prototyping, and even plans to add modeling UIs and forms. IDN provides a shopping list and links to all the free downloads, where available.

The new Eclipse plug-ins and memberships were announced at last month's EclipseCon2006.

IBM Heads the Eclipse Contribution Parade
As to be expected, IBM sweetened the Eclipse pot with several goodies, including new tools, technologies and services. Among them:

  1. An enterprise data modeling and integration design tool -- Built on Eclipse, Rational Data Architect helps data architects understand the information assets they have, map data assets to each other, and create database and integration schemas. Now available, Rational Data Architect makes it easier to design anything from a simple relational database to a complex federated database.
  2. E-forms tool -- Workplace Forms Designer 2.6, currently in beta, is built on Eclipse 3.1. It allows form designers to easily create XML e-forms for automating business processes on a variety of middleware platforms. The tool will be available in June of this year.
  3. New "instant" help interface plug-in built on Eclipse -- Software built and designed for Eclipse that helps developers save time and costs associated with delivering a help system for their applications. This multilingual, cross-platform, open source help system can be run off a CD, local installation, or delivered via a hosted (network) model, helping Java developers create an "instant" online help system for their applications that can run on many different operating systems or even across a network.

Broader Eclipse Community Contributions, News
Here's a quick tour of other key add-ons, demos and even some new Eclipse project plans outlined at EclipseCon:

  • Accelerated Technology announced its EDGE Tool Suite, based on Eclipse 3.1. EDGE version 1.2 suite provides an integrated tool solution that includes an IDE, debugger, profiler, compiler, UML tools, JTAG connection device and prototyping tools. The tool suite supports the ARM, MicroBlaze, MIPS, Nios II and PowerPC family of processors.
  • Actuate announced its BIRT 2.0 business intelligence and reporting tool based on Eclipse BIRT. Built from the ground up for web applications, Actuate BIRT delivers ease-of-use and flexibility to report developers as well as the functional power to meet the complex reporting needs of the most sophisticated real-world applications.
  • Catalyst Systems Corp. set general availability of latest upgrade Openmake, which combines automated build management with Lifecycle Activities Management. Openmake 6.41 incorporates new features for centralizing control of lifecycle processes from scheduling SCM updates to executing test and deployment tools.
  • Codign Software joined the Eclipse Foundation as an 'Add-In Provider' and demonstrated CoView, its advanced JUnit unit testing automation suite
  • Compuware Corp. formally announced its Tool Services Framework Project, dubbed Corona, which aims to enable greater collaboration and integration for Eclipse developers. Compuware also demo'ed an upgraded Eclipse-based version of OptimalJ, Professional Edition
  • Discovery Machine Inc. launched Expertise Encoding and Execution Workshop (E3W) v 4.1, a suite of knowledge engineering and management products and services. for more information.
  • Exadel launched Exadel Visual Component Platform 1.0, a rich, Ajax-enabled component framework for business application development on JSF. Exadel also proposed the Enterprise Component Framework project, which would extend the Equinox framework to enable Eclipse components to be used in enterprise server applications. The project allows developers to create components without targeting specific environments such as J2EE or J2SE.
  • Genuitec previewed its Matisse4MyEclipse, an Eclipse integration of the popular Matisse Swing user-interface designer from the Sun NetBeans project.
  • ILOG debuted the ILOG JRules 6 Business Rule Management System, which supports all Eclipse-supported IDEs so developers can manage source code and rules together. Other new innovations in JRules 6 include a separate rule authoring environment for business users, rule synchronization between business and IT teams and performance breakthroughs.
  • Innoopract proposed the Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) project. RAP aims to provide an Eclipse-based development environment with the capabilities to create so-called "rich Internet applications." RAP offers an architecture and usage similar to the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) and includes a library of components built in Java and Ajax.
  • Instantiations released RCP Developer, an Eclipse-based software tool for constructing Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) applications with SWT Designer (GUI builder), WindowTester (GUI tester) and RCP Packager (installer). It harnesses Eclipse RCP to put Java back on the desktop by reducing development time, increasing performance, and assuring consistent application look-and-feel.
  • Lattix Inc. announced Lattix LDM for C/C++ as part of the new 2.6 version of Lattix LDM. With this new solution, Lattix extends the power of Lightweight Dependency Models (LDM) to formalize, communicate and control the architecture of any C/C++ application, especially in large systems and complex applications.
  • MySQL AB joined the Eclipse Foundation as an 'Add-In Provide,' and plans to contribute work to the Eclipse Data Tools Platform project and to collaborate with Zend Technologies and others on the Eclipse PHP IDE project.
  • Salesforce.com joined the Eclipse Foundation and delivered the AppExchange Toolkit for Eclipse, which makes it easy for Eclipse developers to build custom and commercial on-demand applications.
  • Secure Software announced that it is the first application security company to demonstrate a successful proof of concept for the ALF (Application Lifecycle Framework) Project. Secure has been an ALF project member since August 2005.
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