IBM EGL Business Language Moves To Open Source

IBM unveiled plans for an open source Eclipse project based on the company's EGL business application programming language, in an effort to boost backing for EGL.

Infoworld Jun 18th 2010 A-A+

IBM unveiled plans for an open source Eclipse project based on the company's EGL business application programming language, in an effort to boost backing for EGL.

The project has been labeled EGL (Enterprise Generation Language) Development Tools Project and was submitted to the Eclipse Foundation. EGL itself will be open-sourced as well.

"The project aims to develop and evolve a set of Eclipse-based tools for the EGL language," said William Smythe, Product Line Manager, IBM Rational. "Just like there is a C/C++ project on Eclipse for building tools for C/C++, there is now going to be a project on Eclipse for building tools for the EGL language. All the tools will be written in Java, just like everything else on Eclipse," Smythe said.

EGL is a modeling language that borrows from Unified Modeling Language. It is designed for building portable, cross-platform applications and services that can be deployed to runtime environments based on the evolving needs of business, IBM said.

"EGL is a programming language designed for developing business applications. EGL code compiles into other languages (Java, Cobol, and JavaScript), which allows developers to code in a single language but deploy into different environments," Smythe said.

Eclipse was selected as the home for the EGL open source project because EGL tools already are built on Eclipse and EGL integrates with other Eclipse technologies such as BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools), Web Tools, and Data Tools, IBM said.

IBM EGL Business Language Moves To Open Source

IBM unveiled plans for an open source Eclipse project based on the company's EGL business application programming language, in an effort to boost backing for EGL.

Infoworld

IBM unveiled plans for an open source Eclipse project based on the company's EGL business application programming language, in an effort to boost backing for EGL.

The project has been labeled EGL (Enterprise Generation Language) Development Tools Project and was submitted to the Eclipse Foundation. EGL itself will be open-sourced as well.

"The project aims to develop and evolve a set of Eclipse-based tools for the EGL language," said William Smythe, Product Line Manager, IBM Rational. "Just like there is a C/C++ project on Eclipse for building tools for C/C++, there is now going to be a project on Eclipse for building tools for the EGL language. All the tools will be written in Java, just like everything else on Eclipse," Smythe said.

EGL is a modeling language that borrows from Unified Modeling Language. It is designed for building portable, cross-platform applications and services that can be deployed to runtime environments based on the evolving needs of business, IBM said.

"EGL is a programming language designed for developing business applications. EGL code compiles into other languages (Java, Cobol, and JavaScript), which allows developers to code in a single language but deploy into different environments," Smythe said.

Eclipse was selected as the home for the EGL open source project because EGL tools already are built on Eclipse and EGL integrates with other Eclipse technologies such as BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools), Web Tools, and Data Tools, IBM said.