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 :

Codename Date Platform version Projects
N/A 21 June 2004 3.0 -
N/A 28 June 2005 3.1 -
Callisto 30 June 2006 3.2 Callisto projects
Europa 29 June 2007 3.3 Europa projects
Ganymede 25 June 2008 3.4 Ganymede projects
Galileo 24 June 2009 3.5 Galileo projects
Helios 23 June 2010 3.6 Helios projects
Indigo 22 June 2011 3.7 Indigo projects
Juno 27 June 2012 3.8 Juno projects
Kepler 26 June 2013 4.3 Kepler projects
Luna 25 June 2014 (planned) 4.4 Luna projects
Mars 24 June 2015 (planned) 4.5 Mars projects