Other than the technical merits of the newer versions of Netbeans, it’s
amazing to see very good things being written
by analysts who used to have strong opinions against
it only months ago but also from the Eclipse-have-won-drop-the-gun
If you’ve been reading this blog
for a while, it will come as no surprise that I strongly disagree with Ian’s
– if by J2EE support in Eclipse Ian is referring to WTP 1.0, this is just not true. Quality and testing being so far off from what you could expect from Eclipse, marketing is now arguing that it’s not really meant for developers, but rather for ISVs building on top of it (very nice spin btw).
– EJB 3 is just not serious, first because the spec
is not out, second again because WTP is not even yet ready for J2EE 1.4
prime-time (and still no JSF).
– the mobility part is just
funny, Ian mentions a non-existing project and forgets to mentions
EclipseME. I’m sure the developers working on it will appreciate…
– at this point in time Swing support in Eclipse is really lagging other
IDEs, but granted you can live with it.
“SWT is an alternative technology that other people like and meets their needs. Choice is good. No?”
-> Yes! That’s why, based on their investments and other technical
considerations, people choose best kept secret Swing-based NetBeans
platform over overly-hyped Eclipse RCP.
Eclipse is a
good tool and has many strong points. Ian just didn’t pick the right
ones (or maybe it’s Dana Gardner picking the right NetBeans
differentiators). So, as I was saying, I disagree with Ian, but I’m
still very thankful for the airtime he provides to NetBeans! I’ve seen
that trend before. ;-)