One of my intrepid readers linked to my earlier Rational post, and, there are comments on this weblog.
I'd give rational more credit: a) They may have used eclipse because they recognized a need to have a better technical foundation for their product; b) they wanted to be more appealing to IBM; c) they recognized that they need to become more agile and saw eclipse as a step in that direction (it is); d) they relized that there was a market for a common tool set for dot net and j2ee deveopment in large organizations. e) a+b+c+d.
I'm amazed that there was not more Slashdot interest in the Togethersoft connection. As half-troll pointed out, Borland just agreed to buy Togethersoft. Togethersoft Control Center offer support for multi-language, model driven development -- many Java developers prefer it to the WebGain and/or Rational tool set. Of course, Together Control Center addresses problems not normally encountered by the slashdoters such as deploying to multiple J2EE servers, object modeling, complex documentation that is generated from code, etc.
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, he's got interesting things to say.