The Eclipse Foundation is offering on Monday beta access to a hosted version of the organisation's planned Orion platform for building and integrating Web development tools.
"[Orion] is still very early days, but I expect Orion will be as important for web developers as the initial Eclipse Java IDE was for Java developers," said Eclipse Executive Director Mike Milinkovich. "Right now we are looking for people who are interested in using or adopting Orion and who are interested in participating in the community."
The Orion hosted service is open to the first 5,000 developers signing up at the Eclipse website. Additional slots may be added at some point. Developers also can install the Orion server on their own computers.
Also on Monday, Juniper Networks announced its participation in Eclipse.
"In joining the Eclipse Foundation, Juniper Networks can provide its customers and partners with a richer development environment for creating applications to optimise their network assets and create new revenue opportunities while reducing cost, complexity and time," said Mike Harding, vice president of the Junos Space Business Unit at Juniper.
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