What's coming in NetBeans

As usual, I was listening to a few podcasts over the weekend while doing the normal household chores. While doing an unusually thorough cleaning of the shower, I was listening to guest Tim Cramer talk about NetBeans on the Java Posse. What's coming and why certain decisions are made. There are wwaaayyy too many things to bring up here while waiting for a flight out of Orange County.

The most interesting point of his interview, IMHO, was the statement that NetBeans supports the latest JDK sooner than Eclipse. FYI, the Dick Wall asked the "Why not Eclipse?" question, so this was in response. In fact, Tim took it a step further and stated that the Java 5.0 adoption greatly improved when Eclipse finally supported Java 5. If you read a bit into that, it actually means that Eclipse negatively affected Java 5 adoption. Hey, it's not like NetBeans is perfect, but I must admit that I think the NetBeans team has been hitting on all 4 cylinders with fully charged battery [hybrid] for roughly 2-3 years now.

The other interesting point, more well known, is that NetBeans has a 34% marketshare, with Eclipse being in the low 50's. I think the 34% marketshare will surprise some, if not many.

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