May 28, 2004 7:58 AM PDT
Open-source Eclipse names first director
Mike Milinkovich, who previously was vice president of Oracle's application server technical services, is slated to become executive director of Eclipse on Tuesday. The appointment follows the creation in February of a nonprofit organization in place of the consortium that IBM founded in 2001 under the same name. Until January, IBM executive Skip McGaughey had been the chairman.
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Milinkovich said in a statement that his top priorities as executive director include shipping the Eclipse 3.0 software in the early summer and the launch of a Web Tools Platform Project for improving Web development tools. He also said he intends to form a management organization to supervise the planning of Eclipse projects.
Milinkovich, who has experience with object-oriented programming, also worked at The Object People, whose flagship product, TopLink, was ultimately acquired by Oracle in 2002. TopLink is a tool for getting data out of relational databases with object-oriented programming languages.