Eclipse Foundation Delivers PHP Extensions to Open Source Toolset
September 17, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The Eclipse Foundation that manages the open source community that is building out the Eclipse integrated development environment, will today announce that it has Release 1.0 of the Eclipse PHP Development Tools (PDT) project available.
This is the first set of Eclipse tools that are aimed at the PHP developer community, which will marry the 2.3 million programmers who currently use Eclipse IDEs to create Java, C, C++, RPG, and other programs with the PHP community, which has an estimated 4 million developers according to estimated cited by the Eclipse Foundation. The Eclipse IDE was in used by an estimated 65 percent of the 4.5 million Java developers in the world in early 2006. Back then, the PHP developer base was only about 2.5 million strong, and has grown by 60 percent in about a year and a half. At this point, it might be more fair to say that PHP is going to broaden support for Eclipse than the other way around.
IBM, which founded the Eclipse project a number of years ago and spun it out to mix it up a little with Sun Microsystems and its open source NetBeans IDE, got together with Zend Technology, the creator of the PHP language and its runtime environment, to propose an Eclipse PHP IDE project in October 2005. The project was approved for development by the Eclipse Foundation in March 2006.
“We have received great response to PDT from the PHP developer community,” says Yossi Leon, Eclipse PDT project leader and product manager for Zend. “To date, we have had over 40,000 downloads of PDT and the feedback has been very positive,” he added.
You can download the Eclipse PDT 1.0 at this link: http://download.eclipse.org/tools/pdt/downloads