As far as the possibility of Sun joining the Eclipse
Foundation for open source tooling, Gosling would not support this. Sun
and Microsoft remain perhaps the only two major technology vendors who
are not part of Eclipse.
"It would be a big step down. NetBeans was an open source project a
long time before Eclipse ever came out," Gosling said.
The Eclipse endorsement of the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) destroyed
that organization's interoperability story, according to Gosling.
"It?s a toolkit based on the Windows API and getting it to run on
other platforms is problematic," he said.