Many of us here at Google, along with the open source community, use the Eclipse IDE when we develop for Android, App Engine, and Google Chrome. We also have a lot of Google engineers that use Eclipse to build our own internal products. So, when the Eclipse Foundation approached us with an idea to encourage the Eclipse ecosystem, we were very happy to help.

Today, we’re excited to announce the result of our collaboration: a Beta version of Eclipse Labs powered by Google Project Hosting, a single place where anyone can start and maintain their open source projects based on the Eclipse platform with just a few clicks.

The goal of Eclipse Labs is to improve the visibility of unofficial add-on projects. We hope that this will help Eclipse users find those projects quickly and that it will help popular projects get on the path to becoming Eclipse Foundation projects. For more information, see the Eclipse Foundation’s blog post.

To get this community started, we’re eager to seed Eclipse Labs with Eclipse add-on projects currently on Google Code. If you have an add-on for Eclipse that you would like to move to Eclipse Labs from Google Code, please let us know by filing a migration request.

Here are a few projects that have already migrated:Let us know what you think in our developer forum and if you’re attending Google I/O, be sure to drop by the Developer Sandbox for Eclipse or visit the Google Project Hosting team during office hours.