IBM takes Jazz development tools to universities

IBM Rational Software unit Monday announced that it has awarded grants to three universities for projects that use its open source Jazz collaboration technology to help developers more effectively work together.Rational has described Jazz as a follow-on to the popular Eclipse open source project that it launched in 2001 and later turned over to the […]

IBM Rational Software unit Monday announced that it has awarded grants to three universities for projects that use its open source Jazz collaboration technology to help developers more effectively work together.

Rational has described Jazz as a follow-on to the popular Eclipse open source project that it launched in 2001 and later turned over to the independent Eclipse Foundation.

But while Eclipse focuses on boosting the productivity of individual developer, Jazz zeroes in on supporting all cycles of the development process and on improving collaboration among development teams, IBM said.

"The goal here is to expand the community because these are community-based projects, [and] they are meant to be developed in the open," said Scott Hebner, IBM Rational's vice president of marketing and strategy. "Academia is often a very strong driver of innovation, creativity and contributions to these types of projects. Our hope is to expand the community to include some of the best minds in academia."

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