Sun Mulls Joining Java Eclipse Effort "Rich Green, vice president of Sun developer tools and Java software, in Santa Clara, Calif., made overtures toward the Eclipse effort in an interview with eWEEK last week, saying he favors a standard that open-source development platform developers can access to build Java applications and Web services.
The Eclipse effort was started in 2001 as an alternative to Sun's Java-based NetBeans open-source tools platform. The name was chosen to signify an effort to overshadow Sun's efforts in the area.
Green, however, said he does not see the two efforts as conflicting and said that with the "hint that Eclipse might be changing their structure and maybe separating from IBM," Sun would be interested in working with the organization.
Eclipse supporters: IBM, Borland, Red Hat Inc., Intel Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., SuSE Inc., SAS Institute Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., SAP AG
NetBeans supporters: Sun, BEA, Compuware Corp., Embarcadero Technologies Inc., Iona Technologies Inc., Novell Inc., Parasoft, Systinet Corp., HP/Compaq"