Eclipse Foundation Unveils Open Source Alternative to Microsoft’s ‘Visual Studio Code …

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    “The Eclipse Foundation just released version 1.0 of an open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code called Eclipse Theia,” reports SD Times: Theia is an extensible platform that allows developers to create multi-language cloud and desktop IDEs, allowing them to create entirely new developer experiences. According to the Eclipse Foundation, the differences between Theia and Visual Studio Code are that Theia has a more modular architecture, Theia was designed from the ground to run on desktop and cloud, and Theia was developed under community-driven and vendor-neutral governance of the Eclipse Foundation. The Theia project was started by Ericsson and TypeFox in 2016, and since then it has become an integral part of cloud solutions globally. The project approached the Eclipse Foundation about becoming a potential host in 2019. Early contributors to the project include ARM, Arduino, EclipseSource, Ericsson, Google Cloud, IBM, Red Hat, SAP, and TypeFox. “We are thrilled to see Eclipse Theia deliver on its promise of providing a production-ready, vendor-neutral, and open source framework for creating custom and white-labeled developer products,” announced Mike Milinkovich, the Eclipse Foundation’s executive director. “Visual Studio Code is one of the world’s most popular development environments. Not only does Theia allow developers to install and reuse VS Code extensions, it provides an extensible and adaptable platform that can be tailored to specific use cases, which is a huge benefit for any organization that wants to deliver a modern and professional development experience. Congratulations to all the Theia committers and contributors on achieving this milestone.” InfoWorld points out that “thus far Theia is intended to be fitted into third-party products. An end-user version is on the roadmap for release later this year.” But programming columnist Mike Melanson notes that “Chances are, you’ve already run into Theia without even realizing it, as it already serves as the basis for Red Hat’s CodeReady Workspaces, the Eclipse Foundation’s own Eclipse Che, and Google Cloud Shell.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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