Why use NetBeans
By George Trujillo on Dec 03, 2008
I have primarily used JDeveloper since it first came out for most of my Java development. JDeveloper has evolved incredibly since I taught the first beta internally at Oracle. If developing Oracle applications, JDeveloper has all the bells and whistles for developing and deploying in an Oracle Environment. Although Eclipse is by far the most popular tool out of Oracle, I usually use JDeveloper.
So I was asking for input on why use NetBeans, so I am sharing some feedback I received.
Here is some feedback on advantages of using NetBeans
It got this recently and thought I would pass it on.
1. Matisse, the GUI builder, is fantastic.
2. The NetBeans platform, unlike the Eclipse Platform, is 100% pure
Java. Eclipse uses native widgets for it's GUI, which requires a JNI
module to be built for every platform which runs Eclipse.
The upshot of this is that NetBeans works on more platforms than
Eclipse. An application built on the NetBeans platform can run on VMS, Windows, Linux, Solaris, &c &c without recompilation.
3. Better integration with SCM software. CVS, SVN, Mercurial, right
out of the box.