Eclipse at SAP TechEd

SAP is holding their big developer conference this week in Las Vegas. Seems like SAP is showing off some cool new tools based on Eclipse.

Jeff Nolan has an interesting recap of the executive keynote and the demo of SAP’s Composition Environment, which is based on Eclipse. Jeff also discussed SAP’s commitment to Eclipse:

Let me reiterate a subtle but important point, SAP is throwing it’s weight behind Eclipse as an IDE and that’s big news. While SAP has supported Eclipse as a foundation member since 2002 the relationship has always been uneasy. SAP views developer tools as a core competency, so the notion of relying on a third party for this important piece of the developer tool portfolio has been unnatural for the company. Over the years this attitude has broken down and SAP is increasingly building key tools, like CE, on top of Eclipse. Let’s hope the company’s embrace of open source is two way and is an indicator of future support across the board.

SearchSAP also has a few pictures of SAP’s new visual modeling tool, also based on Eclipse.

SAP has always been a great supporter of the Eclipse community and it is great to see them roll out new products built on Eclipse.

3 Responses to Eclipse at SAP TechEd

  1. jnolan says:

    Great supporter at a brand level, the company hasn’t contributed back to Eclipse in a meaningful way. Let’s hope they bow to internal pressure and contribute code back to the community.

  2. Philippe says:

    On the tech side, I wonder if they built that on top of GMF?
    Jnolan:
    On the biz side, yes, getting something back would be welcomed. Being a former SAP techie from a pervious life, I would appreciate that.

    Internal pressure works great. But external pressure usually is more powerful :-P
    Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Let’s hope they will step up those numbers below , but hey they joined Eclipse explicitly as a consumer, contributing in cash rather than code, afaik, until now.

    From a pure number of commits done under SAPAG @ eclipse you can check:

    http://dash.eclipse.org/dash/commits/web-app/summary.cgi?login=y&year=x&company=SAPAG

    19 commits is not much.

    On the bugzilla side: there about 200+ bugs reported, and about 300+ total where they did actively partcipate.

    https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/buglist.cgi?query_format=advanced&short_desc_type=allwordssubstr&short_desc=&target_milestone=—&long_desc_type=allwordssubstr&long_desc=&bug_file_loc_type=allwordssubstr&bug_file_loc=&status_whiteboard_type=allwordssubstr&status_whiteboard=&keywords_type=allwords&keywords=&emailtype1=substring&email1=&emailassigned_to2=1&emailreporter2=1&emailqa_contact2=1&emailcc2=1&emaillongdesc2=1&emailtype2=substring&email2=sap.&bugidtype=include&bug_id=&votes=&chfieldfrom=&chfieldto=Now&chfieldvalue=&cmdtype=doit&order=Reuse+same+sort+as+last+time&field0-0-0=noop&type0-0-0=noop&value0-0-0=

    Note that those figures are skewed as they may not use their sap email fo eclipse.org stuffs.

    Interesting to note their areas of interest:
    Eclipse of course, then web tools, modeling and embedded devices and eRCP :-P

  3. Philippe says:

    And the showcased Composition environment can be downloaded as a trial here:
    ftp://ftp.sap.com/pub/sdn/devkits/netweaver/java/ce/

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