McCullough, Mike
December 2004
Electronic Design;12/16/2004, Vol. 52 Issue 28, p22
Trade Publication
The article focuses on eclipse framework that creates both opportunities and design challenges for vendors of integrated software development tools. The open-source nature and extensive built-in capabilities of the Eclipse framework force vendors to evaluate how they will provide value to their customers and how they will differentiate their products. Developers seeking to maximize their purchasing power and minimize learning curves also face difficult decisions when selecting Eclipse products. To date, three distinct approaches have been chosen when addressing Eclipse use in deliverable products. They provide varying degrees of flexibility to developers working within the Eclipse environment. Truly Open vendors provide an Eclipse-based embedded software development solution that genuinely lives up to the open and collaborative spirit of Eclipse. This is not a model that many tools vendors prefer. As a result, these vendors are still struggling to restrain and otherwise control any access that the user gets to the vendors' tools. Truly Open vendors offer the user what the user has always wanted-an environment that is completely under user control and not at the mercy of the marketing needs of the vendor.


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