Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

Wouldn't it have been cool if Oracle had said...

Wouldn't it have been cool if Oracle had said the following, sometime during all those announcements yesterday:

"The NetBeans Platform is very important to a lot of our customers, who are actually building their products on top of the NetBeans Platform. We want to make that the best platform that we can for doing that for you."

If Oracle had said that, based on the plain fact of the existence of customers (some of them using Oracle, many of them being very large corporations and institutions) on the NetBeans Platform, then a simple logical, rational, direction would have been given, flowing directly from Sun VP Jim Parkinson's comparable statement (here in his blog) end of last year.

So, bummer.

Hey, but wait a minute! That's exactly what Ted Farrell, (Oracle Chief Architect and Vice President, Tools and Middleware), did say yesterday:

Click this link and see/hear it for yourself. (Go to approximately the 11th minute.)

And, note, here I am saying nothing other than what has already been said. By Ted Farrell himself, i.e. this blog entry provides a simple direct quote, unvarnished and unspun, straight from a publicly available statement: "The NetBeans Platform is very important to a lot of our customers, who are actually building their products on top of the NetBeans Platform. We want to make that the best platform that we can for doing that for you."

It's a great day for the NetBeans Platform, the world's only modular Swing application framework. Those who have been hesitating to adopt it because of the uncertain state that Sun has found itself in over the past months, should at least find the above words worth thinking about.

About

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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