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As per http://www.crn.com/sections/breaking...questid=117579
IBM will base all the rational tools on Eclipse.
Is it good or bad and will rational tools support everything as they are supporting now?
An idea about Eclipse will be ighly appreciated.
I would say thats a good thing. Eclipse is an open source IDE/Framework/Platform that is VERY powerful. I use it for java development and it is pretty amazing. There is a huge community built around it and it continues to grow.
This is very good news indeed, though I am not sure it is breaking.
As both IBM and Rational were both founder Charter Members of Eclipse it seemed likely there would be this migration at some point.
The development has been going on for a couple of years now and it is at its third stable release.
There is a testing project, hyades, and this will also later align with UML 2.0 and so allow for a variety of techniques to be used to develop model driven, XP and agile style approaches with refactoring and reuse.
As Corey says it has a strong support community and there are a significant number of industrial leaders involved including a number of test tool companies.
Mind you I am a bit biased, I have been using the IDE on and off for a few years now.