Life at Eclipse

Musings on the Eclipse Foundation, the community and the ecosystem

Depth and Breadth

In my role, I spend quite a bit of time following the various companies and products building on top of the Eclipse platform. That could probably become a full-time job if I let it. There is an enormous amount of energy in the Eclipse ecosystem.

But every once in a while, even I get impressed with the depth and breadth of the products and technologies being built on Eclipse. It really is pretty freakin’ cool.

Being a lazy sort, I use Google news alerts to look for stuff. Here is a sampling of three cool products being built on Eclipse that just came across the wire yesterday:

  • In the design automation space, VaST announced its Eclipse-based CoMET6 product. Here’s what they said about why Eclipse was important to their product:

    CoMET6 features an Eclipse framework. Eclipse, with strategic developers like IBM, Intel, Nokia and Wind River, is quickly becoming the de facto industry standard development platform and framework for embedded system design tools. Through Eclipse, CoMET6 supports customer-developed and third-party Eclipse plug-ins, allowing tighter integrations with customer-specific design tools and flows.

  • In this review of IBM DB2’s latest release, the new Eclipse-based SQL development environment is singled out as a major competitive advantage.

    On a whole, DB2 9 has really raised the bar for database development….who can go past the slick new Developer Workbench? With the workbench, IBM should be able to claw back some ground from developers who in the past may have looked past DB2 for a platform that was easier to develop on.

  • Last but not least, Eclipse member company LogicLibrary announced an initiative to create a community reporting portal to “…to facilitate the rapid and mutual sharing of report designs and ideas in the fast-growing Logidex community.” The reports “…can be based on a variety of sources, including Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) from the Eclipse Foundation, Crystal and SQL queries.

Ho hum. Design automation, database development and collaborative community reporting. Just another day in the Eclipse ecosystem.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

July 18, 2006 at 10:23 am

Posted in Foundation

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