The Eclipse Foundation, Instantiations and BEA Announce Formation of Eclipse Project to Integrate with Apache Beehive
SAN FRANCISCO, JAVAONE 2004 CONFERENCE - June 28, 2004 - The Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration, along with Instantiations, Inc., a leading provider of advanced Java development solutions and BEA Systems (NASDAQ: BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced the creation of "Pollinate", a new open-source incubator project focused on creating an Eclipse-based development environment and toolset to be named Eclipse Pollinate. Eclipse Pollinate, which will be designed to integrate with Apache Beehive, the industry's first easy-to-use, cross-container, open-source application framework for building service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and enterprise Java applications is being developed to help enable developers to more easily develop and deploy service-based and J2EE-based applications.
Introduced and led by Instantiations, Eclipse Pollinate, combined with Apache Beehive, will be designed to provide developers with a comprehensive, flexible solution for building and running services and applications. Eclipse will provide the development environment, and Apache Beehive will provide the underlying application framework and runtime services designed to help enable experienced developers to deliver more sophisticated applications with less work, while helping to make those new to Java more immediately productive. Two additional companies, Soaring Eagle and Genuitec, have also announced plans to join the Eclipse Pollinate project and contribute to the code base.
Apache Beehive offers an open-source application framework, or runtime, which can complement integrated development environments (IDEs) like Eclipse. Instantiations, a supporting member of Eclipse, plans to provide the initial code--a broad set of Eclipse plug-ins and user interface components that will be designed to connect Eclipse to Beehive. The Eclipse Pollinate project is being developed to help Eclipse developers easily plug the Pollinate components into Eclipse, which would help to remove much of Java's complexity and can ultimately help enable them to more easily deploy their applications on any application infrastructure that supports Apache Beehive.
"By integrating the Eclipse IDE with Apache Beehive application framework,
we want to help developers leverage the strength of both the Eclipse and
Apache open-source communities, and help provide free access to leading
Java innovations, while helping to ensure investment protection and portability
for applications, said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation.
"Combining the knowledge and experience of BEA, Instantiations and
Eclipse, the Eclipse Pollinate project can help to dramatically expand
the number of developers who can build enterprise scale Java applications."
"We are very excited to provide the key technology to help integrate
Eclipse with Apache Beehive," said Mike Taylor, CEO, Instantiations,
Inc. "Developers are clamoring for sophisticated, yet easy to use
development tools and application frameworks such as we're designing with
Pollinate and Apache Beehive, to help make what they do easier and more
productive. Eclipse Pollinate will be designed to extend the power of
Java, Eclipse, and Beehive deeper into the typical IT development organization."
"We launched Apache Beehive with more than 50 partners who had already supported the framework, many through our Java Control architecture now in Beehive. Bringing Java Controls to the Eclipse developer community is a big win for the Beehive ecosystem," said Scott Dietzen, chief technology officer, BEA Systems. "Controls not only simplify the code needed to access J2EE resources, but they're also IDE-friendly, so defining and configuring access to those resources can now be a wizard-driven process, or be represented using visual design metaphors available in Eclipse".
About Apache Beehive
Pricing and Availability
A beta version of Eclipse Pollinate is expected to be available later this year under the Eclipse Public License. For more information on the Eclipse Pollinate project, please visit http://www.eclipse.org/pollinate/
A beta version of Apache Beehive is expected to be available this fall
for free under the standard Apache 2.0 license. For more information on
Project Beehive, please visit: http://dev2dev.bea.com/technologies/beehive/index.jsp
Developers who want to start working with the Apache Beehive programming
model in combination with an IDE immediately can download the free edition
of BEA WebLogic Workshop without obligation at http://commerce.bea.com/index.jsp
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