Nokia Announces Support for Eclipse

New Versions of Tools and SDKs Support Java-Based Open Source IDE

Jun 28, 2004, 01:00 ET from Nokia

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia
 (NYSE:  NOK), the global leader in mobility, has updated a broad array of its
 tools and software developer's kits (SDKs) to support Eclipse, the popular
 Java-based open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Support for
 the Eclipse platform is included in new versions of the Nokia Developer's
 Suite for J2ME, version 2.2, and the Nokia Mobile Server Services SDK. In
 addition, users can now integrate any MIDP Nokia platform SDK into the
 Eclipse environment. All of these Nokia tools and SDKs are now available free
 of charge to members of Forum Nokia PRO, the advanced developer program
 offered by Nokia's developer relations group, Forum Nokia. They will be made
 available to the general Forum Nokia community next month at
     An open platform for Java development, Eclipse by itself is a powerful
 IDE offering a wide array of Java development tools. The main strength of the
 Eclipse platform, however, is the simplicity of integrating additional tools
 into the Eclipse IDE as plug-ins. This provides the developer with the
 broadest possible range of advanced tools covering all aspects of Java
 development. Many of the Eclipse add-on tools are available as freeware,
 making Eclipse a very cost effective development environment.
     Although only available to the open source community for less than three
 years, Eclipse has become the most popular IDE among North American Java
 developers, according to the latest statistics from market research firm
 Evans Data Corp. Among global wireless developers, Eclipse is one of the top
 three most-used Java IDEs.
     "Eclipse is the fastest-growing environment for Java developers today,"
 said Heikki Koivu, head of Developer Platform Tools, Nokia. "The size and
 strength of the Eclipse community made the decision to support Eclipse in our
 developer software very clear-cut and compelling. Ultimately, this support
 will attract more developers to building mobile applications and services,
 creating a stronger marketplace overall."
     The Nokia tools and SDKs now supporting Eclipse give developers a
 complete set of software to begin creating mobile applications. The Nokia
 Developer's Suite (NDS) for J2ME provides developers with utilities for
 creating and deploying MIDP 1.0 and MIDP 2.0 applications and can be used as
 either a stand-alone tool or an integrated plug-in to Borland JBuilder, IBM
 WebSphere, Sun ONE Studio and, now, Eclipse. NDS for J2ME is the most
 downloaded Java related tool at Forum Nokia, averaging approximately 20,000
 downloads per month. The applications, once written, can be deployed to any
 Nokia developer platform SDK with MIDP, such as Series 40, Series 60, Series
 80 or Series 90. These developer platforms provide common parameters and APIs
 across groups of handsets, creating volume opportunities for applications
 with minimal customization.
     Nokia's Mobile Server Services SDK completes the picture. A suite of
 server-based Java components, each with support for Eclipse now built in,
 Mobile Server Services SDK enables the development of server-side mobile
 messaging, location and presence solutions. Each of the components consists
 of a Java library to be used in the application and a development time
 emulator enabling the developer to test the applications without access to
 mobile infrastructure.
     The Eclipse IDE offers additional benefits stemming from the versatility
 of environments that it supports. Because Eclipse is written in Java, it can
 be run from many different host operating systems, allowing tools developers
 to more easily support different hosts. Eclipse has already been deployed on
 a range of development workstations, including Linux, Windows-based and other
 systems. In addition, Eclipse is available to anyone free of charge,
 presenting obvious cost advantages over competing development platforms.
     Eclipse is managed by The Eclipse Foundation, a non-profit corporation
 formed to advance the creation, evolution, promotion, and support of the
 Eclipse Platform and to cultivate both an open source community and an
 ecosystem of complementary products, capabilities, and services.
     About Forum Nokia
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 tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use
 to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S.,
 Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and
 business development support to developers and operators to assist them in
 achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to
 consumers and enterprises. More information is available at
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