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Eclipse Device Software Development Platform Announces Three Milestone Releases

Series Of DSDP Releases Demonstrate The Growing Significance Of Eclipse For Device Software Developers

The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal software development platform,  announced three milestone releases within the Eclipse Device Software Development Platform (DSDP). Founded in 2005 as a top-level Eclipse project, the mission of DSDP is to create an open, extensible, scalable and standards-based development platform to address the needs of the device software market. This series of releases demonstrates the growing momentum and diversity of projects in DSDP. Created by Wind River, the DSDP project now has over 40 committers from ten companies and contains more than 550,000 lines of code.

Beyond highlighting momentum within DSDP, these milestone releases demonstrate an increasing significance of Eclipse to the device software market overall. As they move forward, the DSDP projects are aiming to help developers and vendors create specialized, interoperable solutions so that customers and users of Eclipse-based products can develop device software faster, better and at lower cost.

The three DSDP projects achieving milestone releases include:

1. Target Management, release version 1.0 Mission: The goal of Target Management is to create data models and frameworks to configure and manage embedded systems, their connections and services. Since there are many different vendors and solutios in the device software space, the main charter of target management is to provide data models and frameworks that are flexible and open enough for vendor-specific extensions. For the 1.0 release, sample implementations will be provided for TCP/IP connections, FTP data transfer and GDB remote launching in the CDT environment. The base technology for the TM project is an open-source version of the IBM Remote System Explorer. Supports: Windows, Solaris, Linux and Mac.

2. Embedded Rich Client Platform (eRCP), release version 1.0 Mission: The goal of this project is to extend the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to embedded devices. eRCP enables the same Eclipse development model used to create applications on desktop machines to also be used on devices. The project includes a subset of RCP components tailored to mobile devices. 1.0 Features: Utilizes the familiar Eclipse programming model of applications providing Views to a workbench, reduces RCP
footprint to fit on constrained devices, provides patches to core components to enable running those components on JME CDC/Foundation Profile mobile devices, and enables application binary compatibility across a range of devices with different input mechanisms and screen types/sizes. Supports: Windows Mobile 2003/2005, Nokia Series 80 and S60.

3. Mobile Tools for the Java Platform (MTJ), release version 0.7 Mission: The goal of MTJ is to extend the Eclipse platform to support mobile device Java application development. The purpose is to develop both frameworks that can be extended by tool vendors and tools that can be used by third party mobile java application developers. Mobile Java domain contains several combinations for configuration (CLDC and CDC) and profile (MIDP, Foundation Profile and Personal Profile). Currently the most common combination is CLDC+MIDP. 0.7 Features: A device and emulator framework, a deployment framework, generic build processes for mobile application
development, mobile device debugging, application creation wizards, UI design tools, localization, optimization and security.
Supports: Windows tools, Mobile deployment (Nokia).

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