EclipseCon 2005
Press release

Eclipse Momentum Culminates in 2nd Annual EclipseCon 2005

  • New Strategic Developers and Eclipse Project Releases Mark Successful Sold-Out Event

ECLIPSECON 2005, BURLINGAME, CA—March 1, 2005—The Eclipse Foundation today announced the start of the second annual EclipseCon conference, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, Calif. and will run through March 3, 2005. Highlights from the sold-out show include the addition of several new Strategic Developers and the availability of several Eclipse projects’ milestone releases. The sold-out event will have 1000 attendees, dozens of sessions and tutorials and 37 exhibitors. This year’s conference attests to the enormous traction the Eclipse community has gained in the industry and the popularity of the Eclipse platform among developers and corporate IT groups.

“Since its founding, Eclipse has made great strides towards a single vision of an open development platform and a vibrant ecosystem. The strong response from developers and the support of our members have helped make EclipseCon an overwhelming success,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “We’ve reached a critical mass at the Strategic Developer level and are well on our way to establishing Eclipse as the universal development platform. As we move forward, Eclipse will be focused on replicating our successes to date into other key areas of the software development lifecycle.”

EclipseCon 2005 is the pre-eminent gathering of Eclipse developers, members and organizations using and deploying Eclipse-based technologies. The show also provides a forum to discuss key issues facing the community and to hear about developments to come in 2005. Show highlights include:

  • Several major industry software vendors joined as Strategic Developers and Board Members of the Foundation. Embracing the Eclipse vision, BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS), Borland Software (Nasdaq: BORL), Computer Associates (NYSE: CA), Scapa Technologies and Sybase (NYSE: SY), have all announced their Strategic Developer membership with Eclipse Foundation. As Strategic Developers, each vendor is committing to lead a project at Eclipse, at least eight full time developers to the community and annual dues of upwards of $250,000. These companies join Actuate (Nasdaq: ACTU), Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HP), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), MontaVista Software, QNX Software Systems, SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Serena (Nasdaq: SRNA) on the Eclipse Board of Directors.

  • Behind-the-scenes look at the latest developments in Eclipse community projects. Among these are the Web Tools Platform (WTP) Project, which made available its milestone release of Web services tools, including the open source implementation of the WS-I Basic Profile validation tool; the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project, which introduced its first developer release; and the Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) Project, which is providing an update to the community. Other key projects that will be highlighted at the conference include the Eclipse Platform, the pre-eminent Java IDE in use today and the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP).

  • A full line up of keynotes, business forums, tutorials and technical sessions focused on understanding Eclipse projects, using Eclipse tools and experiences using Eclipse. Keynotes will be delivered by industry influencers Tim O’Reilly, president, O’Reilly & Associates; Urs Hoezle, fellow, Google; and Lee Nackman, CTO, IBM Rational. Presentations from BMW, NASA, Forrester Research and Microsoft are among some of the other session highlights at the conference. A complete conference program is available at

About the Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse Platform.

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at

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