Eclipse IDE – Introduction

What is Eclipse & Eclipse Foundation?

  1. Eclipse is a community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software.
  2. Its projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and run-times for building, deploying and managing software across the life cycle.
  3. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.

History of Eclipse :

  1. Industry leaders Borland, IBM, MERANT, QNX Software Systems, Rational Software, Red Hat, SuSE, TogetherSoft and Webgain formed the initial Board of Stewards in November 2001.
  2. By the end of 2003, this initial consortium had grown to over 80 members.
  3. On Feb 2, 2004 the Eclipse Board of Stewards announced Eclipse’s reorganization into a not-for-profit corporation. Originally a consortium that formed when IBM released the Eclipse Platform into Open Source
  4. All technology and source code provided to and developed by this fast-growing community is made available royalty-free via the Eclipse Public License.

Eclipse Releases :

CodenameDatePlatform versionProjects
N/A21 June 20043.0-
N/A28 June 20053.1-
Callisto30 June 20063.2Callisto projects
Europa29 June 20073.3Europa projects
Ganymede25 June 20083.4Ganymede projects
Galileo24 June 20093.5Galileo projects
Helios23 June 20103.6Helios projects
Indigo22 June 20113.7Indigo projects
Juno27 June 20123.8Juno projects
Kepler26 June 20134.3Kepler projects
Luna25 June 2014 (planned)4.4Luna projects
Mars24 June 2015 (planned)4.5Mars projects