Last week we officially proposed a new Eclipse project to create an client for the Eclipse Marketplace. As I described late last year, the next step for Marketplace is to integrate Marketplace directly into each Eclipse installation. We want to make it as easy as possible for Eclipse users to access the huge ecosystem of Eclipse solutions. This is one step towards an app store for Eclipse.
To make this happen, the Eclipse Foundation has contracted with Tasktop to create the Marketplace client. In December and January, we had a call for proposals and I am very pleased that we selected Tasktop. Mik and Steffen from Tasktop, plus David Green and Thomas and Hendrik from Cloudsmith will all be contributing to the effort. I am going to be the project leader and help manage the project.
The project has a very aggressive schedule and our hope is to have the Marketplace Client (MPC) available in the Helios packages. I do believe the MPC will be a great addition for the Eclipse community. Please feel free to leave feedback here or on the Community Forum.