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Where did the name come from?

Pradeep bhatt
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Where did the name "Eclipse" come from?

Ed Merks

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Originally posted by Pradeep Bhat:
Where did the name "Eclipse" come from?

Pradeep. The controversial intepretation is that it's an eclipse of the sun, with a pun intended. It provides new technology that eclipses what was there before. And the logo is way cool.

Author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131425420/qid%3D1064320896/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/102-6891814-9849714" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Eclipse Modeling Framework</a>
Ilja Preuss

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There was also the rumour that Sun would rename Netbeans to Safari, making the icon a dead blue elephant...

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Dan Kehn
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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.
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Frank Budinsky

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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.

Lead author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131425420/qid%3D1064321221/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/102-1364017-8080960" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Eclipse Modeling Framework</a>.
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