NASA (Jet Propulsion Lab) is building and running software using Eclipse for mission critical projects such as controling Mars rovers, Scout Lander, and various robotic systems (http://www.gcn.com/print/25_26/41756-1.html ).
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. See http://www.eclipse.org for more details.
Millions of developers are using Eclipse. And several software vendors and consumers. Here are some more examples:
- The General Services Administration’s CIO office uses Eclipse as a base for an integrated modeling environment, one that bridges an agency’s enterprise architecture with more technical models
- IBM uses Eclipse as the basis for its Rational line of modeling and architecture applications, as well as Lotus collaboration products such as Sametime 7.5, Workplace Managed Client, and WebSphere Everyplace Deployment.
- Business Objects uses Eclipse as a platform for its report generation software
- Software AG (Germany) uses Eclipse for its Cossvision suite of service oriented architecture applications
- Adobe Version Cue Server (http://www.eclipse.org/community/casestudies/adobeversioncue.pdf )
- SAS App Dev Studio (http://www.eclipse.org/community/casestudies/SASfinal.pdf )
And many others...
So what? It aligns with IBM strategy and customer value in leveraging Eclipse and SOA role based application composition that provides an end-end programming model and the ability to leverage a server managed client environment. The value proposition includes flexibility and choice, web 2.0 capabilities, accelerate innovation, and lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) that in turn drives organizational productivity and effectiveness.
See http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/details/eclipse.html for a deepdive on Eclipse.