Major Corporations Back New Eclipse Open Source COBOL IDE Project
RALEIGH, NC Dec. 05, 2002 Eclipse has launched a new open-source project focused on development tools for the COBOL language. The project has been organized by Eclipse member companies Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, and Serena Software, who are participating in the development of COBOL related extensions to the Eclipse platform.
"To help establish the Eclipse COBOL Tools Project, Fujitsu has donated our work on COBOL tools developed for our NetCOBOL for Linux product," said Ronald Alepin, Vice President Strategic Planning, Fujitsu Software Corporation. "We're committed to helping the tools development community deliver leading edge features, allowing other vendors and users, to add increasingly powerful complementary facilities."
"As a founding, and participating member in eclipse, we welcome this initiative to help integrate COBOL developers into the Open Source community", said David Chew, Director, Enterprise Transaction Systems at IBM.
"This is a significant step in the mission of creating a truly multi-language platform in Eclipse," said Ryuji Takanuki, Director, Language Processor and Development Environment, Software Division, Hitachi, Ltd, "Hitachi is excited at the opportunity to collaborate with the other Eclipse members in creating and deploying an integrated development environment for COBOL applications."
"At Serena, we work extensively with enterprise project development teams that rely on COBOL during their project lifecycles," said Kevin Parker, Vice President of Research and Development, SERENA Software, Inc. "We became involved in and are dedicated to this project to help customers improve the overall development infrastructure as applications and enterprise architectures increasingly become more sophisticated and evolved."
The COBOL project starts with six plug-ins to the Eclipse base that provide functions such as bridging to a COBOL compiler, COBOL sensitive editor, and building and debugging COBOL applications. All the features are integrated into the Eclipse IDE and demonstrate the adaptability of the Eclipse platform to different programming languages and tasks.
Eclipse plug-in tools serve a large community of developers working on projects worldwide. COBOL now joins Java(R) and C/C++ in language oriented projects active within Eclipse. Independent tools providers are developing additional support for other development languages for use within the Eclipse development environment.
The Eclipse Platform and information on the Eclipse COBOL Project, including documentation and source code are available immediately via download from www.eclipse.org.