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The Eclipse platform is a generic integrated development environment (IDE) foundation without a specific programming language. The platform contains IDE functionality and is built with components creating applications by using component subsets. Developers create, share and edit generic projects and files in the platform, while participating within a multiple team development environment repository.
The platform’s primary function is to provide mechanisms and rules to software vendors, allowing smooth software integration between different vendors.
The design and structure of the platform has the following functions:
IBM created the Eclipse platform to address complaints about IBM’s tooling. Clients and software developers were growing tired of integrating and deconstructing tools to enable tool function within different environments. IBM’s donation of the platform to the open source community enabled software developers to create integrated tools which functioned together. As an open source initiative, the platform allowed software developers to improve their existing platform through contributing new plug-ins.
The platform’s success is attributable to the following groups: