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25 June 2008, 15:24

Eclipse Ganymede improves SOA tools

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The Eclipse Foundation has announced the annual release of its open development platform. In line with tradition, this package is named Ganymede, after one of Jupiter's moons. The last two predecessors were named after Callisto and Europa. The new package contains programs from 23 Eclipse project teams, with more than 18 million lines of code.

The Eclipse Foundation plans to release all Ganymede projects for downloading today. Seven different program packages cover all kinds of applications. For instance, the Equinox p2 Provisioning system replaces the current Update Manager. New tools and modelling instruments have also been made available for SOA developers. The release of Ganymede is expected to be one of the focal points at the upcoming Eclipse Summit Europe, which will be taking place on November 19-20 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

A seemingly infinite number of projects are being worked on at the Eclipse Foundation. At the beginning of 2004, the Foundation behind the manufacturer and hardware-neutral software development platform was spun out of the Eclipse consortium founded by IBM. Java applications can be developed based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP). Plug-ins also provide support within the development environment for additional languages, such as C/C++, Perl, PHP, Python, Cobol and HTML.


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