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ESPOO, Finland, and OTTAWA, Canada – September 19, 2005 –
Nokia and the Eclipse Foundation today announced that Nokia has joined the
Eclipse Foundation as a Strategic Developer and Board member. Nokia will support
the work of the Eclipse open source community by contributing software and
developers to a proposed new Eclipse project.
As a Strategic Developer in the Eclipse Foundation, Nokia will lead a project
to create a framework for mobile Java developer tools, including complete
tooling support for J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition). The project will deliver a
sustainable mobile tools offering for all developers and companies who wish to
create mobile Java applications and build commercial tools for Java. Nokia plans
to donate several components of its existing Java development tools technology
as well as actively develop new software to introduce tools for the creation of
both MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile) and CDC (Connected Device
Configuration) based mobile Java applications. Furthermore, Nokia plans to use
the Eclipse tools platform widely in its tools portfolio and will actively
contribute to several existing Eclipse projects beyond the scope of Java.
“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, executive vice president
and chief technology officer, Nokia. “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."
“Nokia’s membership in Eclipse reinforces our commitment to open source
initiatives,�? Mr. Korhonen added. “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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