LINUXWORLD: Project pushes C/C++ development on Linux

On the eve of this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, eclipse.org on Tuesday shipped what it believes is the first beta of a fully operational C/C++ Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on Linux workstations.

The new tool set, sponsored by IBM and Red Hat, is a multi-language tools environment intended to complement users' existing Java implementations, officials from both companies said.

"Virtually every software development group we've spoken to says it is looking for an IDE that supports C and C++ in addition to Java," said Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's CTO and founding Steward of eclipse.org. "This includes projects built in-house and third party applications running on the gamut of enterprise servers to embedded platforms."

With the new tools, developers who deploy Linux-based projects with a Linux development environment reportedly can benefit from more advanced facilities to help speed project-related activities.

"We think this product best illustrates the eclipse platform's more extensible design, which we think can help bring new capabilities to the development community at a rapid pace," said Lee Nackman, vice president of application development tools with IBM's Software Group and a founding Steward of eclipse.org.

The new IDE for eclipse contains a graphical interface source code editor with code browsing and navigation features including code assist, syntax-based color highlighting and integrated help, a company spokesman said.

The product's built-in debugger has multiple views of the eclipse platform that many developers are already familiar with, although they can add new ones for inspecting things such as registers and storage, he said.

The eclipse platform is an open source environment for developing and deploying application tools for use across a range of environments. If offers a set of common services and a framework and infrastructure used by project developers.

The eclipse platform provides source code building blocks, plug-in frameworks and examples that can help facilitate application tools development.

Betas of the new IDE can be downloaded from www.eclipse.org.

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