IBM updates EGL Web Developer Tools
The EWDT is based on the EGL Community Edition, originally announced in 2008 and available since 2009, which is in turn a free subset of IBM's Rational Business Developer suite. According to the developers, the EWDT has acquired various functions from both tools, and IBM added new features such as a Jetty-based test server (that allows client-server applications to be tested within the IDE).
For IBM, the decision to make EGL available as open source is an important step towards expanding its own customer and developer base. Existing customers apparently also expressed concerns about a proprietary variant in view of potential vendor lock-in.
Version 0.7 of the EGL Web Developer Tools is now available to download, under the terms of the Eclipse Public License (EPL), and the documentation offers tutorials for getting started with EGL and various sample applications.