SOMERS, N.Y.–November 5, 2001–IBM today announced it is donating$40 million of software to a new independent open-source community. TheJava-based open source software, code-named Eclipse, will enabledevelopers to use software tools from multiple suppliers together,allowing developers to integrate business processes used to createe-business applications, such as those for Web services.
This new open source community already involves more than 150leading software tool suppliers working together to evolve Eclipsesoftware, which will be available free-of-charge to developers. Morethan 1,200 individual developers from 63 countries have alreadyparticipated in the Eclipse open source community process.
The community will be managed by a multi-vendor organization andwill include participation by industry leaders such as IBM, Merant,QSSL, Rational, Red Hat, TogetherSoft, and others. Later this month,the community will announce details about the organization, includingthe multi-vendor board of directors.
Today, developers typically use tools and middleware from multiplevendors that are not designed to work together, so they are cumbersomeand time-consuming to integrate. By using software tools that easily“plug into” Eclipse, developers can create higher-qualityapplications in less time and inherit technology developed by othervendors.
Eclipse provides a single, unified experience of all developmentprocesses and integrates all development tasks such as testing,performance tuning and debugging. In addition, Eclipse easilyintegrates tools from many vendors with e-business infrastructuresoftware, such as IBM’s WebSphere, which will significantly increasedeveloper productivity.
”This is IBM’s most audacious open source gambit sofar,” says James Governor, analyst with IT advisory firmIlluminata, Inc. “The company is driving the development of anopen platform that provides many of the underlying services softwaredevelopers need, bringing tight integration to the tools market. Thisis not just a framework or set of APIs; it’s real code designed to doreal work.”
According to Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive,IBM Software Group, “By opening up the Eclipse source code, IBMis doing for software tools what Apache did for Web application serversand what Linux did for operating systems. The broad integration oftools and middleware marks the beginning of a new era of compellingproductivity gains. And while IBM cooperates on standards, we alsocompete in the marketplace, and we are delivering the firstcommercially available software tools built on Eclipse’s open sourcetechnology, providing the industry’s richest support of Web services,XML and J2EE.”
This is the next step in IBM’s strategy to help businesses create,use and manage more automated and integrated e-business systems. Byadopting open-source technologies into application development,companies can more quickly adapt to rapidly changing Web technologiesand business priorities, including Web services. Eclipse also changesthe dynamics of application development, since its plug-in integrationencourages team-oriented development and supports developers working indiverse roles such as the Internet, intranets, CRM applications,portals, mobile, commerce, and business process management.
The announcement also marks the next stage in IBM’s Linux strategy.With Eclipse-based tools — which run on both Linux and Windows –developers no longer need to create e-business applications in Windowsand port them to Linux, since they can work directly on Linux. Thiswill vastly improve the productivity of Linux developers and theirability to build enterprise-ready applications. It also will allow theabundance of software tools for Windows to be more easily supported onLinux, which will accelerate the establishment of Linux as anapplication development environment. And since Eclipse is open source,Linux developers can participate in the community evolving the softwareitself, as they do with Linux.
New IBM Web Services Tools to Run on Eclipse Software
IBM also announced its new family of Web services-enabled WebSphereapplication development tools for Windows and Linux. They are theindustry’s first commercially available tools built on Eclipse’s opensource technology. The new WebSphere Studio family of tools willintegrate with tools from dozens of industry-leading vendors buildingtools on Eclipse technology.
The new WebSphere Studio family offers highly integrated andcustomized tools that deliver the industry’s broadest support for J2EE,Web services, XML, HTML, rich media, site design, voice, wireless andembedded devices. They include: ? WebSphere Studio Site Developer (forWeb developers; free preview available this month) ? WebSphere StudioApplication Developer (for Java developers; full production versionavailable this month) ? WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer (foradvanced cross-enterprise developers and integrators, available earlynext year) ? WebSphere Home Page Builder (for Web site developers athome; available now).
In addition, a technology preview of WebSphere Studio ApplicationDeveloper for Linux will be available later this year; the fullproduction version will be available in early 2002.