Eclipse is 5!

Would you believe it has already been five years since Eclipse was first released to the (unsuspecting) world at large? I wounder how old that would be in human years?!?

If you are a fan of this great open-source platform, you can put your name in a virtual birthday card. I wonder if that card will be printed? I would certainly go to the Eclipse office here in Ottawa (the birthplace of Eclipse) to see it!

To see indications of the success of Eclipse, you can have a look at the statistics for people who have already signed the card, either by country or by first version adoption (I hope they fix the percentage columns…). You can also look at a the Eclipse product wall of fame (49 products/companies listed as I was writing this). For those who do not realise this (where have you been?!?), many of IBM’s tools are now created around this platform – understandable since we originally built it and gave it to the world.

Of course, no birthday would be complete with a birthday party! Go have a look, there are some all around the world so there is bound to be one close to you!

The one closest to me is at:

Ottawa, Canada
The Prescott, 2nd Floor, 379 Preston St.
November 7, 2006 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
RSVP to Lynn Gayowski, Eclipse Foundation at