One of the most popular open source integrated development environment platforms celebrated an anniversary this week.
Five years ago on November 7, IBM used $40 million in software code to launch Eclipse.org. According to a story from DevX.com, the goal was to build Java tools for the enterprise. What began as a project with 10 developers is now an independent foundation with 150 members.
Eclipse developers are currently working on such projects as Higgins (open source identity management) and Callisto, through which the foundation recently released simultaneous updates for 10 projects. Eclipse hosts mobile open source projects and works on BI reporting tools supported by Actuate and others.
Last year, Forrester Research predicted that Eclipse would move beyond an IDE platform to an integration platform. Considering its success in so many software spaces and its continuing popularity among vendors, we think it's well on the way.