Microsoft Corp. researcher Ward Cunningham is joining the Eclipse
Foundation, according to a Web log entry posted by Eclipse executive
director Mike Milinkovich Monday. Cunningham’s role at the nonprofit
foundation will be to help improve collaborative and cooperative
efforts between members of the Eclipse open-source community.
Cunningham, a computer programmer, is best known as the inventor of the
WikiWikiWeb or Wiki concept to enable users of a Web site to quickly
change its pages. He created the first wiki site, the Portland Pattern
Repository, in 1995, focusing on people, projects and patterns in
He joined Microsoft in December 2003, working as an architect in the company’s patterns and practices group.
Eclipse is growing by leaps and bounds with a wide range of open-source
projects under way to create development tools and frameworks for
building software. The foundation’s efforts compete with those of Sun
Microsystems Inc. and its open-source NetBeans development platform as
well as Microsoft’s own .Net initiative.
Milinkovich included the text of his e-mail to the Eclipse committer
community announcing Cunningham’s new role as the foundation’s
director, committer community development, in his blog.
The Eclipse Foundation defines “committers” as individuals who devote a
substantial amount of their time to the open-source software, either by
initiating new Eclipse projects or working part-time or full-time on
such a project.
“Ward’s track record of invention in areas such as wikis, patterns and
agile development are known worldwide,” Milinkovich wrote in the
e-mail. “His [Cunningham’s] current interests in open source and
developing communities of developers are a perfect match for the work
we need to do at Eclipse.”
The foundation needs to do more to create “a culture of collaboration
and cooperation” across the various Eclipse development projects,
Milinkovich added. “Ward will lead the effort to create a more cohesive
Eclipse committer community by working with developers in order to
enhance Eclipse as ’the place to be,’” Milinkovich wrote in the e-mail.
In his blog, Milinkovich described Cunningham as “a truly rare bird:
someone who is both brilliant but also blessed with a warm and engaging
By China Martens – IDG News Service (Boston Bureau)