So, while NetBeans 5.0 has only been out for a few days, Charles “demo-man” Beckham has already started the teasing on the future of Sun Java Tools on Intel-based Apple hardware. Of course, this is all plain Java, so it will run anywhere.
Looking closer at the snapshot, it seems that it boils down to the future of NetBeans. The NetBeans roadmap calls the next version 5.5.
The BPEL designer shown by Charles looks like what Sun Java Studio Enterprise TPR 1 (Technology Preview Release) has had for a few months now (the integrated BPEL engine will likely be different given Sun’s recent SeeBeyond acquisition and published roadmap).
The other big part of NetBeans 5.5 has to be Java EE 5 support (EJB 3, persistence API, JSF and dependency injection on both web and EJB tiers, JAX-WS 2.0). Daily NetBeans builds (no Q-build yet) have been available (choose “Java EE 5”) for some time now to use with GlassFish or JBoss. Several blogs entries on these have been written by Pavel, Martin, Petr, and Ludo.
If you’ve missed Gregg’s FAQ on Sun tools, make sure you read it.
Now, I still have (at least ;-) three questions: What about UML? Creator visual designer? When?