Web Tools platform
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Eclipse Launches Web Tools Platform Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA and GRENOBLE, FRANCE - July 26, 2004 - The Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration, and ObjectWeb, the international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to open-source infrastructure software and provider of JOnAS, the leading non-commercial, open-source J2EE application server, today announced the launch of the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) project on eclipse.org.

ObjectWeb played the lead role in facilitating the project proposal, with active involvement and support from Eclipse organizations and other participants in the project. Formal project approval occurred on June 25 following a 30-day period for open review by the community.

Christophe Ney, ObjectWeb's executive director, commented, "ObjectWeb has enjoyed working with Eclipse and the community to launch this project and looks forward to participating in project leadership going forward. ObjectWeb's mission is to contribute to an open-source ecosystem supporting enterprise software that will drive lasting economic benefits for the vendor, developer and end-user communities. We see Eclipse as a key factor in that ecosystem and are excited to be contributing to its future growth."

"The Web Tools Platform project is an exciting new expansion of both the Eclipse technology portfolio and our community of developers," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse. "ObjectWeb's support was instrumental in establishing the project and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."

Bjorn Freeman-Benson of the University of Washington has been selected by the Eclipse Foundation to lead this project. "We expect the WTP project to quickly become the platform of choice underlying vendor-specific J2EE tooling. The ObjectWeb Consortium provided the much needed drive to put the project together," said Freeman-Benson. "I see their efforts in setting up the WTP proposal as the first step in a durable, synergistic relationship based on common values and complementary positioning between our two communities."

Organizations that have already committed resources to the Eclipse Web Tools Platform project include Bull, Eteration, Exadel, Frameworx, Genuitec, IBM, Innoopract, INRIA, Librados, OpenWide, Thales IS, Together Teamlösungen and XQuark Group.

More information on the Web Tools Platform project may be found at http://www.eclipse.org/webtools/ .


About Eclipse

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit member-supported corporation that hosts community based open projects. Eclipse creates royalty-free technology and a universal platform for development tools integration, modeling, testing and functionally-rich application construction. Eclipse-based offerings give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor supported environment. Eclipse delivers a dynamic plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create and integrate technology, saving time and money. By collaborating and sharing core integration technology, providers can concentrate and focus on areas of expertise and differentiation. The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java language and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. It has already been deployed on a range of development workstations including Linux, QNX, Mac OS X and Windows-based systems. Full details of the Eclipse Foundation and white papers documenting the design of the Eclipse Platform are available at www.eclipse.org.

About ObjectWeb

Founded in 2002 by Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, ObjectWeb is a consortium of leading companies and research organizations from around the world that have joined forces to produce the next generation of open-source middleware. ObjectWeb's goal is to provide real-time enterprises with independent solutions which combine quality and robustness at the best possible performance/cost ratio. ObjectWeb targets alternative solutions to proprietary products for e-business, EAI, data connectivity, grid computing and enterprise messaging. Based on open standards, ObjectWeb's middleware includes application servers, components, frameworks and tools. Examples of ObjectWeb's "cost killer" middleware are JOnAS, an Open-Source implementation of the J2EE specification; JORAM, message oriented middleware; Lomboz, a J2EE plug-in for Eclipse; and Enhydra, a Java/XML application server. http://www.objectweb.org

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