The Eclipse Cloud Developer Tools contributor award for September goes to Aart van Baren at Precies. Software Ltd. for his past and continuing contributions and tireless work, most recently as a consultant for gitpod.io, to github.com/eclipse/openvsx and github.com/EclipseFdn/open-vsx.org, it's deployment at Open VSX Registry. Congratulations Aart and thanks for your contributions!
The Open VSX Registry at open-vsx.org is a vendor-neutral open-source alternative to the Visual Studio Marketplace for VS Code extensions. A public instance of the Registry is hosted by the Eclipse Foundation, but more instances can be freely deployed in public or private places. The primary purpose of this project is to provide a marketplace for VS Code extensions that can be used with Eclipse Theia and other IDEs. Another important goal is to allow self-hosting the Registry, e.g. within a company network. None of this is currently possible with the VS Marketplace, which is proprietary and may be accessed only from Visual Studio products. These projects are part of the Eclipse Cloud DevTool Working Group.
The Cloud DevTools Working Group provides a vendor-neutral ecosystem of open-source projects focused on defining, implementing and promoting best-in-class web and cloud-based development tools. It is hosted at the Eclipse Foundation, current members of the group include Ericsson, IBM, Obeo, RedHat, SAP, AMD, Arm, EclipseSource, Renesas, STMicroelectronics and TypeFox.