The company acquired WindowsBuilder, a Java GUI design program for Eclipse, and Code Pro Profiler, a Java performance analysis tool, when it purchased Java development tool maker Instantiations in August. After offering Instantiations software for free in September, Google received many requests from Java developers to "take it to the next level," said Eric Clayberg, software engineering manager for Google Developer Tools and former co-founder and VP of product development at Instantiations.
Google has decided to honor those requests by providing WindowsBuilder and Code Pro Profiler code as the basis for two new Eclipse Foundation open source projects.
In so doing, Google makes its Google Web Toolkit (GWT) more appealing to developers and contributes to the overall health of the open source Java developer ecosystem. Its purchase of Instantiations also served to keep the company's tools out of the hands of potential rivals who might seek sway over Java developers.
He predicts that the projects will lead to more and better open source tools for developers.
With Google handing over the reins to these projects, two other open source companies are stepping up to provide commercial support.
Genuitec, the company behind MyEclipse, plans to offer commercial support for WindowsBuilder-based products such as the SWT, Swing Designer and Google's GWT Designer. And OnPositive, a Java custom solutions provider, plans to offer commercial support for Code Pro Profiler.
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