Today Danny Sabbah, GM of IBM Rational Software, sent a note to IBMers that nicely summarizes a major milestone: The 5-year anniversary of Eclipse as an open source project. Here's an excerpt:
Over the last five years, we've seen Eclipse evolve from a platform for application development tools to a universal integration platform for building and deploying software worldwide, with IBM driving much of the progress. ...
Since this day in 2001, when IBM made available the source code for the Eclipse platform under an open source license at eclipse.org, Eclipse has grown to include 66 open source projects and is the basis for more than 1,300 products. According to IDC, Eclipse is the market leading Java IDE with 2.27 million users worldwide, which demonstrates a remarkable level of support for open source innovation and collaboration. The initial eclipse.org consortium grew quickly from an 8-member group including IBM and Rational Software, to today's 152-member-strong Eclipse Foundation. Java Development Tools (Java IDE) with its incremental compiler, the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and the Eclipse platform as a more general Rich Client Platform (RCP) are among the many innovations made possible by Eclipse.
Within SWG, Eclipse has been adopted as the open source development platform across all our brands, and today more than 100 IBM products [including Lotus Sametime 7.5, WebSphere Portal 6.0, the upcoming IBM Lotus Notes "Hannover" release, to name a few] are based on Eclipse.
(Thanks, Danny, for your permission to excerpt from your email.)
Indeed, Eclipse has had a tremendous impact in five short years. And developerWorks has been covering it all along, through for example the Eclipse section of the dW Open Source zone.
For more perspective, listen to my comments about the Eclipse anniversary in today's new "This week on developerWorks" podcast. Also worth a listen (and providing much useful context and details) are our earlier dW podcasts with John Kellerman about Eclipse.
Many people will be attending the Eclipse parties being held around the world today. If you miss the parties, you can sign the birthday card and read about the anniversary at the eclipse.org site.