data tools platform project
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Eclipse Foundation and Sybase Announce Approval of
Eclipse Data Tools Platform Project

  • Sybase to Lead Open-Source, Community-Driven Development Project

SYNOPSIS: Top-level Eclipse Project addresses the common need for data tooling infrastructure and the desire to extend the offerings in new and innovative ways

OTTAWA and DUBLIN, Calif. - August 29, 2005 - The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the development of a universal development platform, and Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, today announced approval of the new Data Tools Platform (DTP) project proposal. Submitted by Sybase in February, the DTP project will provide a comprehensive set of data management frameworks and a representative suite of data management tools, which are essential for data centric application development.

"The DTP Project will be an enabling technology - the platform upon which more extensive data management products will be built," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Sybase is a recognized leader in data management and data tooling, and the Eclipse community will benefit greatly from its leadership on the new Data Tools Platform Project."

The DTP Project recognizes both the common need for data tooling infrastructure and the desire to extend the offerings in new and innovative ways. Initially the DTP Project will contain the following three projects, and emphasize relational data sources and structures:

  • Model Base - Provides the foundation for DTP, using industry best practices such as model-driven development with UML, and taking advantage of the Eclipse Modeling Framework. Initially included are models for driver definition, database definition, SQL and SQL Query
  • Connectivity - Includes components for defining, connecting to, and working with data sources, which include: Driver Management Framework, Connection Management Framework, JDBC connection support, Data Source Explorer, and Open Data Access.
  • SQL Development Tools -Provides frameworks and tools for deep and broad SQL support, including: Routines Editor Framework, Routines Debugger Framework, SQL Query Parser, SQL Execution Plan Framework, SQL Editor, Visual SQL Builder, Results View, and Script History.

"Sybase has been involved with Eclipse since early 2002 and is fully committed to it as a framework," said David Tong, vice president of engineering, Sybase. "We are excited about the Data Tools Platform Project and how it will allow developers to stay ahead of the curve by enabling real-world development across a host of mixed software and hardware environments."

Additional members of the Project Management Committee on the DTP project include IBM and Actuate. For more information on the Eclipse DTP project, please visit:

"IBM has been actively contributing database tools for the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) Project over the past year, and will be providing significant capabilities within the DTP Project," said Bernie Spang, Director IBM Database Servers. "We see this as an opportunity to establish a common set of tools to accelerate the adoption of Eclipse for building dynamic applications and reduce development costs for our customers."

"Actuate is pleased to be participating in the Data Tools Platform project, both in terms of assisting in the management of it and by donating code to provide the basis of the Open Data Access (ODA) capability in the Connectivity project," said Mark Coggins, senior vice president of engineering at Actuate Corporation. "We look forward to leveraging a number of DTP capabilities in the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project, particularly SQL modeling and editing."

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

About Sybase, Inc.

Sybase is the largest global enterprise software company exclusively focused on managing and mobilizing information from the data center to the point of action. Sybase provides open, cross-platform solutions that securely deliver information anytime, anywhere, enabling customers to create an information edge. The world's most critical data in commerce, communications, finance, government and healthcare runs on Sybase. For more information, visit the Sybase Web site:

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