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SAP Contributes New Tool to Open Source Eclipse Developer Community

As part of its commitment to support the open-source developer community, SAP AG announced that for the first time it will contribute software development capabilities to the Eclipse community.

This new tool will enable developers to build more efficient enterprise applications within Eclipse, the leading open source integrated development environment (IDE). All Java developers will be able to benefit from memory analyzer capabilities within Eclipse that were previously available only for the SAP NetWeaver(R) technology platform.

This signals a deeper commitment from SAP for Eclipse technology, beyond its long-standing support for the Eclipse IDE and plug-ins, which help developers connect Eclipse with SAP business process applications.

With the new capabilities, Java developers will be able to more easily analyze memory usage for applications created in the Eclipse IDE. Typically, when developers create an application, they set aside a certain amount of memory on the server designated to that application.

However, enterprise applications often run continuously and can use up that memory over time, frequently requiring a server shut-down.

With possibly millions of objects contained in a very large memory footprint after server failure, these situations are extremely difficult to analyze. With the new memory analyzer capabilities from SAP, Eclipse developers can more easily use a graphical tool based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to analyze object retention patterns and determine how best to optimize memory usage without having to shut down their servers and interrupt critical business processes.

"As a founding member of the Eclipse Foundation in 2004, SAP has historically provided significant support for the Eclipse community," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "By empowering Eclipse developers with these new memory analyzer tools, SAP will help developers to more efficiently build commercial applications on the extensible Eclipse development and application framework. We're pleased to see SAP continue to renew its commitment to the open source development community."

SAP continues to find new ways to ensure that members of the developer community have the flexibility they need to innovate on top of any business process platform. New development capabilities for Eclipse will enable developers to model business processes and create composite applications based on open standards, which address the needs of varied user communities.

Using advanced development features contributed by SAP to the Eclipse environment, developers can easily access all the development tools they need to build applications on top of their own business platforms.

At SAP TechEd '07 Las Vegas, SAP announced the global release of SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment, an integrated set of tools that customers, partners and SAP can use to compose and deploy standards-based composite applications across heterogeneous IT environments.

With that announcement, SAP now makes available its innovations from the SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment to the whole Eclipse community.

"SAP is dedicated to supporting open solutions, driving industry standards and empowering the developer community with the tools they need move their businesses forward," said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP AG. "Eclipse has become the IDE of choice for Java developers, and these new capabilities from SAP will spark further co-innovation from the development ecosystem.

With this contribution, SAP boosts developers' ability to create enterprise-class applications for mixed computing environments. We are pleased to offer our expertise in this area to the Eclipse community."

SAP also announced that it recently joined the OSGi Alliance, a group committed to creating standards that promote interoperability between applications and networks, as well as providing the architectural foundation for Eclipse.

SAP recognizes that its customers and partners benefit from increased openness and interoperability through compliance with industry standards.

As such, SAP participates actively in the standards community to help define industry standards for enterprise service-oriented architecture, business process management and modeling, as well as vertical markets. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.