Eclipse Summit that was organized in Germany brought fresh news: Microsoft together with its partners Tasktop and Soyatec are going to release a range of tools and updates for Eclipse.
- Eclipse will support Windows 7 and all its new interface functions;
- Eclipse Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) will be expanded to work with new features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2;
- The open source tools Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse will be available for PHP developers;
- The open source Windows Azure Software Developer Kit (SDK) will be available for Java developers;
- The Eclipse Tools plug-in will be available for Silverlight.
So, Windows Azure SDK for Java allows leveraging Azure storage service while developing Java applications. Its logical architecture is quite simple:
It is reported that according to the voting (see The Open Source Developer Report 2009 based on Eclipse Community Survey), conducted among Eclipse users, more than 64% are using it in Windows OS. It’s obvious that PHP and Java programmers will appreciate this significant commitment from Microsoft.