In a surprise announcement reported at the EclipseZone
, the Eclipse Foundation announces that Ward Cunningham will be joining them as their 10th employee. Best known for his creation of Wiki, a technology that has made a fundamental change in how people communicate and collaborate over the Internet, Ward has currently been working with Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices group.
Eclipse is clearly showing signs that it is creaking under the weight of it’s own success. In addition to bringing a well known and well respected personality into the community, it is believed that Ward can bring his experience of developing community to help ease the problems of having different development silo’s communicate with each other.
Is this a possible move for the Eclipse Foundation? Will this help alleviate the current set of problems that have resulted in a misalignment of views in the community?