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EclipseCon 2004, Anaheim CA 

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The first ever EclipseCon was an exciting event that demonstrated the vitality of the Eclipse ecosystem.  Sponsored by 22 companies, EclipseCon 2004 attracted hundreds of developers representing nearly 225 companies and 23 countries who came together to exchange information and ideas about the Eclipse platform. 

Standing room only was available at each of the five keynotes, which were delivered by prominent leaders in the developer community. Topics and keynoters were as follows: "The Eclipse State of the Union" by Erich Gamma, Eclipse JDT lead and John Wiegand of the Eclipse Platform, "Eclipse as a Platform for AOSD Research and Development" by Gregor Kiczales, NSERC/Xerox/Sierra Systems Professor of Software Design, University of British Columbia, "The Tipping Point" by Michael Tiemann, CTO, RedHat, "From IDE to XDE to CDE" by Grady Booch, Chief Scientist, IBM Rational and lastly "The Business of Open Source" by Simon Phipps, Chief Technology Evangelist for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

In addition, all tutorials were well attended and the large number of attendees took advantage of various technical sessions, sponsor exhibits, technology exchanges, a poster gallery and birds-of-a-feather events. EclipseCon 2004 was the first technical conference to focus on the power of the Eclipse platform, which recently celebrated its 2-year anniversary. Last week, the Eclipse organization also announced its reorganization into a not-for-profit corporation. Eclipse is now an independent body made up of over 58 member companies that will drive the platform's evolution to benefit the providers of software development offerings and end-users. With more than 18 million download requests recorded since its inception, adoption of the Eclipse platform continues to accelerate.

EclipseCon 2004 was sponsored by HP, IBM Rational Software, SAP and Wind River at the Gold level and by Advanced Systems Concepts, Candle, Catalyst Systems Corporation, ETRI, ILOG, INNOOPRACT Informationssysteme GmbH, Intel Corporation, MKS, Inc., MontaVista Software, Ontometrix, Parasoft Corporation, QNX Software Systems Ltd., Scapa Technologies, Serena Software, SlickEdit Inc., SoftLanding Systems, Inc. and SourceBeat at the Silver level. Application Development Trends, CM Crossroads, Dr. Dobbs Journal,, Open Magazine, OSDN, Software Development Times and SD West 2004 were media sponsors. The Object Management Group™ (OMG™) was the event organizer

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