SlickEdit Inc. says it has been elected to the Eclipse Board of Stewards, the governing body of the open tools integration initiative.

The Eclipse Platform is the open-source Java-based application development framework that was launched in 2001. SlickEdit is the provider of Visual SlickEdit, a multi-platform, multi-language editing environment that claims to increase the productivity of software engineers and improves the quality of the software they develop.

Ed Hintz, SlickEdit director of software development, will be representing SlickEdit as a voting Steward and will join executives from companies such as IBM, Red Hat, SuSE, Borland, Rational Software, Serena, and TogetherSoft to create plans, priorities, technology ideas and directions. He will also join the Eclipse Executive Committee to contribute to day-to-day operations.

In August, SlickEdit said it would deliver support for Eclipse in Visual SlickEdit. The Morrisville-based company demonstrated Visual SlickEdit working with Eclipse projects at LinuxWorld San Francisco in August and announced that Eclipse support will be generally available in early 2003.