Eclipse Foundation

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What Does Eclipse Foundation Mean?

The Eclipse foundation is a nonprofit, member-supported corporation that sponsors Eclipse projects. The foundation’s goal is to create, grow, promote and support the Eclipse platform, while providing a tool-building framework to the open-source community and interdependent commercial ecosystem.


Techopedia Explains Eclipse Foundation

The foundation employs full-time professional staff to deliver Eclipse services related to IT infrastructure, intellectual property management, development community support and ecosystem development. Foundation committers manage Eclipse projects and are employed by outside companies or volunteer developers.

The foundation’s work focuses on the following areas:

  • Enterprise Java development
  • Embedded and device software development
  • Equinox and the rich client platform
  • Service-oriented architecture
  • Web development
  • Application frameworks

As of 2011, the foundation has 170 worldwide members from diverse industry and technology areas.


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