Eclipse Launches Working Group For Cloud Development Tools
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The Eclipse Foundation has launched a new working group for cloud development tools. The Eclipse Cloud Development Tools Working Group is designed to drive the evolution and broad adoption of de facto standards for cloud development tools, according to Eclipse.

More specifically, the group will work towards standards in aspects including language support, extensions, and developer workspace definition. The group will also:

"explores the impacts and optimizations for running developer tools in a cloud environment, including scale out / scale-to-zero execution of compute-intensive tasks like CI and testing."

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Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, said:

"I haven’t seen an initiative with the potential impact on the development tools industry since the founding of the Eclipse Foundation back in 2004, when we hosted around 12 projects related to the Eclipse IDE."

The foundation says there's huge demand for open source cloud development technologies, citing a survey of Java developers earlier in the year that found that more than 80 percent said they either are already or plan to create cloud native applications within the next 12-18 months.

Eclipse Cloud Development is Eclipse top-level project, with a focus on developing applications for and in the cloud. Eclipse Cloud Development member projects include Che, Theia, Dirigible, CodeWind, Sprotty, Eclipse Tools for CloudFoundry, Flux, Orion, and Winery.

Milinkovich describes Che 7 is the world’s first Kubernetes-native IDE that’s built from the ground up for cloud native application development. Che is designed to make it easier to work on cloud native apps for developers who are not Kubernetes experts. Che uses Eclipse Theia, which provides a modular and extensible IDE platform built on modern web technologies that can be run on either the desktop or in a browser.

Dirigible is an Integrated Development Environment as a Service (IDEaaS) for dynamic applications. It provides both development tools and runtime environment. CodeWind extending standard IDEs with features to write, debug, and deploy cloud-native applications.

Sprotty is an open-source diagramming framework for the web, and Orion is a browser-based open tool integration platform which is entirely focused on developing for the web, in the web. Winery is a web-based environment to graphically model TOSCA topologies and plans managing these topologies.

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More Information

Eclipse Cloud Development Group Charter

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