IBM has proposed to establish an Eclipse open-source project around its Enterprise Generation Language technology for modernizing mainframe code.
IBM hopes to start the project in late August or early September, after the proposal is tweaked and all interested parties are added, said Will Smythe, product line manager for IBM RBD and EGL. The project was announced in early June at IBM’s Innovate 2010 conference, held in Orlando.
This project will give developers access to the source code, compiler and generators, and extend EGL’s technology and generators, Smythe said. “We also want to open the technology to a whole new group of developers who probably would not have tried EGL otherwise,” he added.
IBM will also continue to develop the technology in combination with participants and partners that specialize in EGL or UI development, he said.
Future generators could extend the code-generation framework to C/C++ and .NET, and include pluggable extension to OSGi-based runtimes.
Think of this most recent stage, Smythe said, “as taking the EGL community tool codebase and open-sourcing out in Eclipse.”