Ingres\u00a0on Wednesday began offering a software bundle to make it easier for developers to build Eclipse-based applications on top of the Ingres 2006 open-source database.The Ingres Eclipse Bundle brings together all the components developers need to create and run Java applications built using the Eclipse Foundation\u2019s open-source development framework. Available for download from the Ingres website as a single zipped file, the bundle includes a version of the Eclipse framework and the Ingres Eclipse Data Tools Project (DTP) plug-in, said Emma McGrattan, senior vice president of engineering at Ingres. The bundle also contains source code of a demonstration for developers on how to use Eclipse and Ingres and instructions on getting started with Ingres DTP.The Ingres DTP plug-in features enhancements Ingres made to the Eclipse Data Tools Project so that the development environment is more aware of syntax specific to the open-source database, making it easier to run SQL statements and to debug code.Previously, users had to download the Eclipse framework themselves, find the particular plug-ins they needed and use the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) specification to link their Eclipse-based applications to Ingres, McGrattan said. Application developers within Ingres found that process time-consuming, and the company realized its users must also be struggling with the complexity.Ingres already offers bundles for the Python, PHP and Perl scripting languages, with support for Ruby coming next, McGrattan said.Ingres definitely plans bundles of its database with third-party software, notably around business intelligence and application servers, McGrattan said. She sees plenty of opportunities for the vendor to "preplumb" or do the necessary integration legwork for customers between Ingres 2006 and other applications. "There are already projects under way at Ingres to build on top of Project Icebreaker as an appliance solution," she added.Expected to ship shortly, Icebreaker is a tight integration of the Ingres database with a version of rPath\u2019s Linux distribution.Ingres would also look to offer bundles based on the other operating systems it supports: Windows and Unix.McGrattan also commented on recent executive departures.Last month, Dave Dargo, the vendor\u2019s chief technology officer, revealed in his blog that he\u2019d left his full-time role at Ingres,\u00a0and Chief Marketing Officer Dev Mukherjee is set to leave Friday to join Sears."The timing was unfortunate," McGrattan said. "But it\u2019s no secret we hired Dave off the golf course." Dargo retired from Oracle a few years ago after 15 years with the company, where he headed up the vendor\u2019s Linux strategy. "We ran him ragged last year with traveling," McGrattan said, leading Dargo to decide to step back from his day-to-day duties. He remains a key Ingres evangelist and technical adviser, recently representing the company at an open-source conference\u00a0in Germany and in several customer interactions."Dev is a loss for Ingres," McGrattan said, but he noted he\u2019s leaving a strong marketing team in place including former Red Hat and VMware executives. The vendor is also hopeful that his new employer, Sears, might become a future Ingres customer. Ingres is looking for a new CMO, but has no plans to hire a new CTO, she added.McGrattan doesn\u2019t expect any further upset among the company\u2019s executive ranks. "I\u2019ve been with Ingres since 1989 and I\u2019m not going anywhere," she said. McGrattan\u2019s tenure predates both the spin-off of Ingres from CA in 2005 and CA\u2019s 1994 acquisition of The ASK Group, which had previously purchased Ingres.-China Martens, IDG News Service (Boston Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.