IBM sharpens focus on Eclipse

IBM is to develop its Eclipse open-source tools platform further over the next 18 months.

IBM is to develop its Eclipse open-source tools platform further over the next 18 months.

"You will see greater and greater integration and construction on top of the Eclipse framework, so basically, Eclipse is at the core of all the products that we build as part of the software development platform," said Jeffrey Hammond, group market manager for IBM Rational Software.

"Where we are moving now is if you look at products today from Rational, 80% of them are Eclipse-integrated today," he added. "As a general, strategic direction, we are moving them from Eclipse-integrated to Eclipse-based."

IBM also is making UML 2.0 modeling capabilities available as part of Eclipse. The company intends to produce standardised mapping between Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) and UML.

Importation of business process models from WebSphere Business Integration into the Rational Rose XDE will become seamless, the company claimed.

IBM is also focusing on the Hyades software quality tools project. "What we're starting to do is build our testing tools on top of Hyades," Hammond said.

IBM will support Simplified Data Objects (SDO) in WebSphere Studio Application Developer and WebSphere Site Developer in the next quarter, in Version 5.1.2 of both products. SDO provides a standardised way to bind data into Java classes and Enterprise JavaBeans.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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