What is Eclipse?

Eclipses occur when celestial bodies pass into each other’s shadow, most spectacularly when the Moon passes directly beneath Earth’s shadow (known as a lunar eclipse).

The Moon orbit is tilted five degrees relative to that of Earth, making solar and total (annular) eclipses extremely rare events.

Eclipse Foundation

The Eclipse Foundation is an independent not-for-profit corporation that serves as a steward for the open source software development community. It oversees ongoing platform development while also providing IT infrastructure needed by developers. Furthermore, they foster an ecosystem of products and services which complement and augment Eclipse.

The eclipse community consists of individuals and organizations from varying industries. Their projects center around providing a common development platform and extensible frameworks; tools and runtimes which enable application creation, compilation, deployment and management. Contributors contribute code to these projects while working closely together on feature design collaborations; all this activity is overseen by an elected Board of Directors composed of Strategic Developers, Strategic Consumers and Add-in Providers representatives.

Eclipse is an adaptable software tool, supporting various programming languages and development environments. Eclipse’s plug-in architecture enables developers to extend its functionality; plug-ins provide visual modeling, database tools, debugging/testing services as well as visualisation. Furthermore, there is a vast collection of third-party plug-ins – both free and commercial ones – available for download via Eclipse’s Marketplace.

Eclipse provides not only its core IDE but also an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution and task-focused interfaces such as Mylyn. Mylyn can analyze user activities and attempt to comprehend what they are trying to achieve before providing personalized data within the interface for them to access. Mylyn also integrates seamlessly with popular repositories such as Bugzilla, Trac, Redmine and Mantis for seamless usage.

The Eclipse Foundation employs a full-time staff that offers Eclipse services including intellectual property management, project builds and IT infrastructure management. Funded through membership dues and overseen by its Board of Directors, it currently boasts 170 worldwide members from various industries and technological areas.

Eclipse is an open-source software platform created by IBM in response to Microsoft Visual Studio IDE. In 2004, The Eclipse Foundation was formed to oversee and oversee development of Eclipse platform including development of Eclipse IDE, Enterprise Java, MicroProfile as well as supporting an extensive global ecosystem including thousands of developers and users.

Eclipse Community

Eclipse is a tool platform – an open, extensible IDE for virtually everything you can think of – providing value through tool plug-ins which enable it to interact with java files, web content, graphics and video of various forms. Eclipse users and developers come from every industry and size organization imaginable – from startups up to Fortune 500 enterprises.

Eclipse software is released under the Eclipse Public License (EPL), guaranteeing its plug-ins to be free for downloading, use and distribution. Furthermore, the Eclipse Foundation employs full-time professional staff dedicated to supporting community activities funded through annual membership fees from strategic developers and consumers and is overseen by an advisory Board made up of representatives from add-in providers and open source developers.

The Eclipse Foundation provides several alternative distributions of the Eclipse platform and related plugins, built from its master code base using release engineering and build processes on a regular basis. These builds can be downloaded directly from their project website for use as bases for developing customized IDEs.

Every time you save a file in an Eclipse workspace, an old copy is stored in its local history – similar to a lightweight version control system – enabling you to compare current contents of a file with earlier revisions stored in that workspace. You can access this history by right-clicking a view and choosing Compare With Local History from its context menu.

Attended by over 215 million Americans, last August’s total solar eclipse was one of the most spectacular natural events this century. Serving to educate viewers about relative movement of objects within our solar system and spark curiosity about science and nature alike, the eclipse provided a valuable learning experience.

The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory dedicated to exploring the world through science, art and human perception. Situated in San Francisco, California, this public learning laboratory hosts various eclipse activities for public viewing including livestreams of both annular and total solar eclipses of 2023-2024.

Eclipse Awards

The Eclipse Awards are presented annually to recognize those individuals and horses whose outstanding accomplishments have earned them champion status in their respective categories. Votes are cast by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB), with Horse of the Year Scott Coles taking home this prestigious prize as well as six other categories being recognized with awards at these prestigious ceremonies.

Eclipse was an iconic 18th-century English racehorse and sire. Beginning his career at age five, Eclipse won all 18 starts he entered including eight walkovers; also being prolific sire that produced winners for 344 races (three of which won Epsom Derby!). These awards bear his name.

Since their establishment in 1971, the Eclipse Awards have become one of the premier recognitions of Thoroughbred racehorses. Voted on by representatives of NTRA, Daily Racing Form and NTWAB; results announced at ceremony held late January. Prior to 1971, each organization presented separate awards; now through this collaboration between them both, multiple organizations recognize excellence within horseracing.

Voting in the Eclipse Awards can be complex and vary between award categories, but generally voters must rank their choices from first to third in order of importance; first-place votes receive 10 points while second and third place votes receive five and one points respectively; the winner of each category is determined by who receives the most number of first-place votes.

Voting for the Eclipse Awards takes place over a one-year period and to qualify, horses must have made at least one start in either the United States or Canada within that time frame. Voters may consider factors like graded stakes wins, quality fields and human connections when considering performance information for voting purposes.

The Eclipse Awards is proudly supported by Keeneland, Florida HBPA, Hallway Feeds and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association – its official partners – along with other sponsors like Luxair Jets, IOA Insurance, TVG Del Mar and The Jockey Club – their official partners and sponsors for 2019.

Eclipse Ecosystem

The Eclipse ecosystem comprises many projects and communities. Its open source model encourages collaboration among developers, companies, and other interested parties while also creating a community-driven software platform. Over 140 member companies, such as BEA, Borland, IBM, RedHat SAP JBoss Novell have adopted Eclipse. Furthermore, many independent developers contribute their time and expertise towards this project.

This ecosystem also provides a framework for development and deployment of applications, with tools available in Eclipse IDE to aid modeling, code generation, debugging, Java incremental compiler and full model of source code enable advanced refactoring techniques. Furthermore, the Eclipse IDE can also be used to deploy applications on remote servers while monitoring files for changes and performing automatic refactoring when required.

Eclipse provides more than an IDE; the ecosystem also features a model-based development tool to assist developers in creating visual representations of application models, supporting various modeling languages like UML and Sequence Diagrams, as well as producing Java, C#, and VB code corresponding to any given model. Furthermore, documentation and reports for generated code can also be generated for these projects.

Eclipse provides a hosted instance of its cloud-based IDE, Eclipse Che. The popular cloud debugging interface and user-friendly user interface (UI) make Eclipse Che an attractive choice among developer communities, while using open standards such as Language Server Protocol and Debug Adapter Protocol make the platform reliable and supported by The Eclipse Foundation, an independent not-for-profit corporation which serves as an advocate for open source communities.

The Eclipse Foundation stands as an exemplar of open collaboration, setting an example for other organizations looking to foster this philosophy. It serves as home for numerous vendor neutral, open working groups that allow members to collaborate and innovate at a rate difficult for an association or foundation to achieve on its own. Furthermore, due to many services the Foundation offers that would otherwise remain unavailable, working groups housed within it are able to develop features faster and at less cost-efficiency than when operating within their siloed associations and foundations alone.

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