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Potomac and the Eclipse Foundation

June 17th, 2010

As we’ve mentioned many times, Potomac is heavily inspired by Eclipse. Eclipse’s focus on modularity (particularly OSGi) and enterprise applications has made modular development in Java much simpler. Potomac is our attempt to do the same for Flex applications.

Considering this close heritage, it only makes sense that we’ve just proposed bring Potomac to Eclipse.org. Many developers may not realize, but Eclipse is much more than just an IDE for Java development. Of course, its the underpinning of Flash Builder, but Eclipse.org also hosts a variety of like-minded projects. This is comparable to Apache (which contains the Apache web server, Tomcat, Ant, Maven, and many more).

You can read the Eclipse Potomac proposal here:
http://www.eclipse.org/proposals/potomac/

Eclipse proposals have to go through a process of vetting and finally voting by Eclipse council members. We feel confident that Eclipse will accept Potomac and we’ll be brought into the Eclipse fold. What does this mean for the future of Potomac? Only good things. We’ll gain better visibility through the high traffic Eclipse websites and mailing lists. We’ll make use of the Eclipse infrastructure for things like source repositories, forums, bug tracking, and more. Importantly, it will also lend a bit of confidence about the IP questions that invariable arise when large companies adopt open source projects. Eclipse has a very comprehensive IP review and approval policy. Overall, we’re very excited about being part of Eclipse and what effect that will have on helping push Potomac forward.

  1. Mark Fuqua
    June 19th, 2010 at 19:50 | #1

    Congratulations Chris and to the whole team behind Potomac. I’m sure Potomac will be part of the Eclipse fold soon.

  2. admin
    June 21st, 2010 at 06:54 | #2

    Thanks Mark!