OTTAWA, Canada and ESPOO, Finland, September 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
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
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
"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."
About Eclipse Foundation
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on
providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for
building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span
the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language
development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance,
business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A
large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups,
universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and
support the Eclipse Platform.
The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation
that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse
Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to
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. www.forum.nokia.com.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and
sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to
each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and
innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging,
games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services
for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.
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