There was also the rumour that Sun would rename Netbeans to Safari, making the icon a dead blue elephant...
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
John Kellerman, one of our co-authors and IBM product manager for Eclipse explained that in one of our draft editions of the book (as well as a few other anecdotal incidents that we deemed interesting only to those involved). I don't have a copy of the text handy but the gist of it was that Eclipse was named in the period where e-something was (and is?) the rage. E-commerce, e-business, e-solutions, e-whatever. So they brainstormed over a bunch of e-sounding words and someone suggested... Eclipse. It stuck. So its orgin is far more ordinary and innocent that some may wish to portray it. In a similar vein, I remember who picked the name for another somewhat famous IBM product (hey Cindy, remember VisualAge?) and it was equally innocuous. It started with a contest to name the project. My suggestions obviously lost. I don't know who can take credit for WebSphere... -- Dan
Co-author of <a href="http://www.jdg2e.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse</a>, 2nd Edition<br />(Yahoo group <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JDG2E/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">JDG2E</a>)
I doubt that anyone really believes that IBM intended the name to imply some kind of eclipse of Sun ... it's just one of those amusing little after-the-fact observations.
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