Technology partnering has always been an important aspect of the software industry. Customers typically want a ‘complete’ solution and look to their vendors to ensure they work well with each other. IMHO, I think Eclipse has made the partnering process a lot easier and there are two good example of that this week.
Example #1: BEA is now shipping Adobe Flex Builder with their BEA Workshop Studio. They announced this partnership in Sept. and are shipping it now. Pretty cool to see two Eclipse based products quickly integrate and ship a solution for their customers.
Example #2: Interface 21 and Tasktop are working together to integrate Mylyn into the upcoming Spring Tool Suite. Two other vendors working together to provide a more complete solution for their customers.
Eclipse has changed a lot in the software industry; a simplified partnering process seems to be one aspect that vendors are taking advantage of.