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Eclipse

(1) An open source Java-based platform for integrating software tools for application development. Running under Windows and Linux, it provides a universal platform for tools created as Eclipse plug-ins. IBM started the Eclipse consortium in late 2001 with USD $40 million and donated a large amount of code. In 2004, it was spun off as an independent foundation. For more information, visit www.eclipse.org. See NetBeans.

(2) (ECLIPSE) An early series of 32-bit minicomputers from Data General. The development of the initial 32-bit ECLIPSE MV/8000 was the subject of Tracy Kidder's best-selling book, "Soul of a New Machine" published in 1981 by Little, Brown and Company.



NetBeans

A Java-based development environment (IDE) and platform originally developed by Sun. It includes user interface functions, source code editor, GUI editor, version control as well as support for distributed applications (CORBA, RMI, etc.) and Web applications (JSPs, servlets, etc.).

In 1999, Sun acquired NetBeans Developer from NetBeans and rebranded it as Forte for Java Community Edition (Sun acquired Forte in 1999). In 2000, Sun made the NetBeans IDE open source. For more information, visit www.netbeans.org. See Eclipse.



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