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Nokia To Contribute J2ME Tooling to Open Source Community; Joins Eclipse
Joins Eclipse Foundation as Strategic Developer and Board Member
By: Java News Desk
Sep. 19, 2005 10:00 AM
"By working closely with Eclipse, and proposing a new open source mobile development tools project, we will provide the more than two million registered developers in our Forum Nokia program with complete integrated tool packages optimized for Nokia platforms," said Pertti Korhonen (pictured), EVP and CTO of Nokia as it was announced this morning that Nokia has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Strategic Developer and Board member.
As Korhonen says, Nokia will support the work of the Eclipse open source community by contributing software and developers to a proposed new Eclipse project.
"In addition, developers creating mobile applications will be able to work more efficiently and achieve greater productivity by using the same Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for multiple programming languages and software platforms," added Korhonen.
"Nokia's membership in Eclipse reinforces our commitment to open source initiatives," he continued. "This important step enables us to simplify our creation of tools and further harmonize our development tools offering across all Nokia software platforms. We expect to benefit from open source innovation and to create interest and active participation in Nokia-led mobile tools projects for the benefit of all members of the Eclipse community."
Nokia's Eclipse initiatives date from 2004 when it announced support for the Eclipse platform in the Nokia Developer's Suite for J2ME and the Nokia Mobile Server Services SDK. Also starting in 2004, Nokia contributed key development resources and leadership to the Embedded Rich Client Platform (eRCP) project at Eclipse. Nokia also has provided the ability for Java developers to integrate any Nokia platform SDK supporting MIDP into the Eclipse environment and will make additional Eclipse tools announcements in 4Q 2005 as part of its plan to host the majority of its tools offerings in Eclipse.
"Mobile computing is an important part of Eclipse's future and supports our goal of delivering a universal tools platform," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director, Eclipse Foundation. "We are pleased to have an industry leader like Nokia on board as a Strategic Developer and actively leading key new projects focused on J2ME and mobility."
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