Europa featured the simultaneous release of the latest
software from 21 Eclipse open-source software projects, ranging
from AspectJ Development Tools to Eclipse Communication Framework
to Web Tools Platform. Collectively, there have been 700,000
download requests for the base Eclipse SDK and an additional 1.4
million requests for five different Europa packages tuned to
specific needs, such as for Java or C/C++ development.
A few months ago, RoweBots decided to adopt Eclipse as a
platform for delivering new tools to our customers, particularly
interested in the Europa release. We decided to use Eclipse for
all the reasons that you've likely been thinking of, if you are
considering doing the same thing:
The Eclipse Foundation today announced the availability of its
annual coordinated project release, this year code named Europa.
Europa features 21 Eclipse projects for software developers and is
more than double the size of last year's record-setting release.
Eclipse, in case you've been living in the subsurface ocean of
Jupiter's moon Europa for the past five years and missed it, is a
vendor-neutral set of open-source frameworks and exemplary tools
for software development, a toolset sufficiently rich that Mike
Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation
(www.eclipse.org), and Ward Cunningham, the former Eclipse
Foundation Director, Committer Community Development, both insist
that it is more than an IDE.
To start with a bit of background, last week I was granted a
briefing about (what was at the time) the upcoming Eclipse Europa
release, thanks Ian. Nevertheless, I made a mental note to put
together a blog post on what I took from the briefing and publish
it sometime after the official release date this week. However,
things didn't go according to plan through the remainder of last
week and the early part of this week was marred by a re-injuring
my lower back (once you hurt it the first time, it's much easier
to throw it out of place again) so I wasn't able to get a timely