HP joins Eclipse board

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced it has been selected as a board member on the Eclipse open-source consortium, a group seeking to develop interoperable technology to be used in a universal platform for tools integration.

HP executive Michael Rank will represent the company on Eclipse's Board of Stewards.

Eclipse-based tools are intended to give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform environment, according to HP. Developers can plug the tools into a framework that makes it easy to create, integrate, and use tools.

IBM Corp. has led the Eclipse movement with support from the likes of Borland and Rational, while other vendors such as Oracle Corp. and Silverstream Software Inc. have not joined.

HP plans to offer integrated tools frameworks based on Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio .Net for the integration of development and management tools.

According to HP, this support will enable developers to leverage a development "cockpit" from which they can integrate other Eclipse and Visual Studio-based tools into their tools environments. This will accelerate design, development, and deployment of manageable Web services and enterprise solutions based on HP technology, the vendor said.

HP believes the future of application development is at the intersection of J2EE and .Net interoperability.

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