Sun Makes Money from the NetBeans Platform

The Sun GlassFish Performance Monitor is a brand new tool, with a very good name that describes exactly what it does. It is built on top of Java VisualVM 1.1 and NetBeans Platform 6.5.

The tool is part of the Enterprise Manager, which is included when you purchase a support subscription for Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1. For more details on the Enterprise Manager look here. For more details on the Sun GlassFish Portfolio subscription plans, look here.

Here are two screenshots, which should ring a bell if you're a Java VisualVM user or a NetBeans Platform developer:

Three cheers for this new NetBeans Platform application. It should be added to the NetBeans Platform Screenshots page soon.

For all the details on the tool, go here in Shreedhar's blog.


Amen! I personally know of two Fortune 500 companies that wanted to give Sun money for platform training or consulting, but there was absolutely no evidence (at the time) that Sun offered either for the NetBeans Platform.

Eventually, due to my tenacity, one of these companies did manage to engage Sun for paid consulting on the platform. Not only did this financially benefit Sun, it also helped the community because I documented much of what I learned in through example code and the Developer FAQ.

All you need to do is look at the domain names and e-mail signatures of people on the dev@openide list to see that lots of major companies are using it. And also bear in mind that this is just a small fraction because many people (like me) are signed up using a GMail account that doesn't provide much clue about who they're working for.

In a time when the economy forces developers to do more with less, the NetBeans Platform should be a bigger part of Sun's strategy. With the inclusion of Visual VM, the platform core is already part of every recent JDK and it can save developers \*lots\* of time in building and maintaining Java applications.

Posted by Tom Wheeler on February 15, 2009 at 11:09 PM PST #

Preach it, brother.

Posted by Geertjan on February 15, 2009 at 11:20 PM PST #

FYI NetBeans in the enterprise heavily sucks.

(Searching on

Netbeans --> 44 search results

Eclipse --> 826 search results


But it's even worser then that. Only half of the 44 search results for NetBeans are REALLY job-offerings for NetBeans. The rest is something like "we look for experiences in IDEs like Eclipse, IntelliJ or NetBeans"

Posted by Hubby the chubby on February 17, 2009 at 01:04 AM PST #

"Hubby the chubby", are you aware that this blog entry has nothing to do with NetBeans IDE?

Posted by Geertjan on February 17, 2009 at 01:06 AM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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