Sun Tech Days 2008 - NetBeans Pod

Blog entry by Frank Jennings

I gave some cool demos today in the NetBeans pod in Sun Tech Days that happened in Hyderabad. The crowd were enthusiastic most of the time and a little obnoxious some times. Obnoxious to the point of looking under your desk for any goodies. Overall it was a very good response from the students. I started showing some Web Stack demos on 1/08 and showed them how NetBeans can be used for PHP and Ruby development.

The questions from the group can be mostly classified under SOA, Mobile development and performance related issues. Almost everybody asked me to compare NetBeans IDE with Eclipse IDE. What is wrong with you guys? After repeating again and again for some 55 times, I gave up by uttering 'Choose the IDE that best fits your requirement. Never get influenced by the NetBeans site or the evangelists'. That said, guys grow up. Use the NetBeans IDE;-) It rocks like nobody's business. This one particular person got curious when I showed him some PHP demos. He wanted to know if there are any cake like framework support. After seeing the demo, I believe, he went back happy. I know he already made a decision. Because there are not much of open source PHP IDEs available today.

The part of the day I liked was when I got to talk about Solaris specific features that NetBeans boasts like the DTrace plug-in. I showed the crowd how they can trace packages loaded by any Java application using this plug-in. Many were interested and wanted to use but they have no option to try it out, since they develop applications on Windows. Again, grow up guys.

It was overall an exciting experience to talk with the students and the community and find out what they are looking for in an IDE.

I happened to be in the same pod (NetBeans) for the last year's Tech Days. I still remember that not many guys were impressed with NetBeans. This time, NetBeans really came around with its 6.0 release, which some students claim is the best IDE in the whole planet. Hmmm...I swear I heard them...maybe.

End of the day, when I was loosing my air, Roumen came and bailed me out. Tomorrow it is going to be another day but I won't compare NetBeans with Eclipse. OK, one final time-Grow Up!

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