Over eclipsed? (Some reasons to switch back: Part Two)

In my last entry, I focused more on the SWT phenomenon. Regarding the comments, developers are more interesting in the IDE, than RCP stuff. Although I'm still using eclipse for pragmatic issues, I would use netbeans in my future projects because of the following reaons:

1. Cool reengineering and refactoring: jackpot
2. Great GUI Builder: matisse. See also article "VisualStudio User Tries Matisse"
3. Good JBoss, Seam, JPA integration.
4. Great, lean and fast profiler. In general faster than eclipse's TPTP
5. UML Support with the enterprise pack.
6. Great support (samples)  with JEE 5 SDK (Glassfish)
7. Swing based RCP framework.
8. Netbeans build *IS* ant.
9. Great documentation, especially efficient SCREENCASTs, and evangelism. Just checkout e.g. roman strobl blog. This is really helpful for new developers.
10. I'm using eclipse since v1.0. I'm already looking forward for new UI and I'd like to learn something new. :-)
11.Some fresh and interesting ideas like: Visual Basic integration !!!: project semplice.

I switched from JBuilder, then Forte4J to netbeans and then to eclipse. The reason:  lack of refactoring support. Because of jackpot, now it is time to switch back :-). I do not know, what Sun is exactly doing, but Netbeans becomes really great alternative to eclipse :-).

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Are you working for Sun now? Congratulations!

Posted by Momo on July 21, 2006 at 09:55 AM CEST #


No. I'm a freelancer.
But I have to admit: because of the Java invention I like Sun.

In most of my current projects I'm still using eclipse. I didn't have any problems with eclipse. It is fast, clean and powerful.

But Netbeans has some very interesting features, which should be considering at the beginning of a new project...

Posted by Adam Bien on July 21, 2006 at 10:55 AM CEST #

Emacs is the text editor

Posted by Victor on July 21, 2006 at 11:20 AM CEST #


there are emacs binding for eclipse, but I'm not sure about netbeans. This would be an advantage of eclipse over netbeans :-)


Posted by Adam Bien on July 21, 2006 at 11:48 AM CEST #

There are emacs and eclipse bindings for NetBeans. To change the bindings go the the Keymap tab in the options dialog.

Posted by Trey on July 23, 2006 at 06:04 PM CEST #

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