IT'S THE SEASON FOR GIVING and Google is donating Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro to the Eclipse project.
Google acquired the software when it bought Instantiations, relaunching the Java graphical user interface building tool Windowbuilder Pro shortly after. Now the outfit has decided to donate both Windowbuilder Pro and the code analysis tool Codepro to the open source Eclipse project.
Although Google has announced its intention to donate the software, it needs go through a rigorous filtering process to ensure that no intellectual property rights will be breached. Once those formalities are dealt with, it is likely that both Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro will tip up in the Indigo release of Eclipse sometime in June 2011.
Google says the donation of Windowbuilder Pro to the Eclipse project will not change any support contracts and that it will continue to maintain the software. The firm has also confirmed the Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro products it provides will be identical to those available through the Eclipse project.
Prior to the Eclipse project handover, developers can download Windowbuilder from directly from Google.
A Google employee got in touch with The INQUIRER to clarify that Google's donation to the Eclipse project does not include the Codepro Analytix software which it had acquired through Instantiations. The donation only includes Codepro Profiler and Windowbuilder Pro. µ
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