Thursday, February 05, 2009

Bundle Marketplace: +1

I fully agree with Gorkem Erkan that the Eclipse community should seriously consider building a bundle marketplace. In fact, I recently had the same idea (independently) as you can see here on Twitter.

In the Eclipse context, that bundle marketplace would probably consist of multiple overlapping sub-markets... with every Eclipse-based application defining a sub-market. For example, bundles that work with the Eclipse IDE, bundles that work with the Flex IDE, or the SAP IDE, or with IBM's Rational tools such as Team Concert. Also, at the RCP level, vendors could offer a basic application for free and offer upgrades as additional for-pay bundles.

I think this an exciting idea. What do we need to do to make it happen? Would the Eclipse Board of Directors support this? Which members of the Eclipse community (other than Kent Beck ;-) ) would benefit the most, short-term?

Looking forward to your comments.

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