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The new toolset, sponsored by IBM and Red Hat is a multi-language environment intended to complement users' existing Java implementations, officials from both companies said.
Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's chief technology officer and founding steward of eclipse.org said: "Virtually every software development group we've spoken to says it is looking for an IDE that supports C and C++ in addition to Java."
With the new tools, the company said, developers who deploy Linux-based projects with a Linux development environment can benefit from more advanced facilities to help speed project-related activities.
"We think this product best illustrates the eclipse platform's more extensible design, which we think can help bring new capabilities to the development community at a rapid pace," said Lee Nackman, vice president of application development tools with IBM's Software Group and a founding steward of eclipse.org.
The new IDE contains a graphical interface source code editor with code browsing and navigation features including code assist, syntax-based colour highlighting and integrated help, a company spokesman said.
Betas of the new IDE can be downloaded from www.eclipse.org .