Nokia Joins Eclipse Foundation as Strategic Developer and Board Member

Contributes J2ME Tooling to Open Source Community

Sep 19, 2005, 01:00 ET from Nokia

    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
     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.
     About Nokia
     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.
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