Monday, June 17, 2002

Eclipse casts shadows "Eclipse, however, owes its strength to more than just SWT/JFace technology. The primary developer of Eclipse, Object Technology International (OTI), has for many years been refining the arts of the componentized IDE (integrated development environment) -- Smalltalk/Envy, VisualAge for Java -- and the portable GUI. The current AWT/Swing vs. SWT/JFace debate recapitulates an earlier tug-of-war between the ParcPlace (emulated GUI) and DigiTalk (native GUI) flavors of Smalltalk. OTI favored the latter approach, which prevailed. Should Sun have done likewise with Java, as by several accounts OTI proposed to Sun years ago? A growing number of voices are now saying so."

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