Congratulations to the NetBeans Platform developers at Microchip working on MPLAB X! They're one of the winners of an Elektra Award 2011 for their open-source software development environment, which seamlessly covers Microchip’s entire portfolio of more than 700 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers.
Read the whole story here and then read this interview on NetBeans Zone, from some time ago, with the manager of the MPLAB X team, to get the full picture of what the product is all about and what it gains from the NetBeans Platform:
"We’re moving away from a Windows OS-only, COM-based architecture. As our customers’ development sophistication has grown, so have their needs. Our customers now require Linux, Mac, and Windows support.
Microchip is a worldwide company with customers who may only be fluent in a single language, so that impacts our choices. We also have a number of educational institutions who place interesting demands on the IDE, along with a number of advanced customers who are very forward-looking and are really pushing the envelope of what was previously thought possible.
The most telling choice we had to make, though, was the choice of NetBeans as a fully capable, modern, lightweight and flexible platform for our next-generation MPLAB X IDE."
And this is what MPLAB X looks like, a lot of it familiar to other NetBeans Platform developers, of course:
Once again, congratulations to the developers making this tool such a great success.
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