Do You Want More Plug-ins? Let Us Know You Use NetBeans.

Is your company using NetBeans? Or building on top of NetBeans? We'd love to hear from you. No matter how small your company is or where it is located, stand out of the crowd and let us know. This is a small thing for you to do but can help us gain a lot of credibility when talking to potential partners and plug-in builders ("just look at the list of companies which use NetBeans").

You said to us that you want more plug-ins and more books about NetBeans. Every potential plug-in builder or book publisher asks: "How many companies are out there using your product? Show me some names." Right now we can tell them about the growing community and about companies we agreed we can quote before. But that's not enough and we're sure there's lots of companies out there using NetBeans we simply don't know about. Otherwise how could the NetBeans user base get almost trippled in the past year?

Write a comment about how your company uses NetBeans here or write me directly to roman dot strobl at sun dot com - as long as you are comfortable with us quoting on what you say. Few sentences should be enough. You can also mention NetBeans on your website and send a link to us (the logos are here). Thank you.

Update: Thanks to all those who sent me a message, next to the comments here I also got some very interesting contacts, including a fortune 100 corporation! If you read this post anytime during year 2006 and we don't have your company listed, let me know by e-mail. We will contact you in case we'd like to quote you publicly - don't worry about that.

Hi Roumen, I'm using NetBeans since 2000 in my company (IT Titans), used it in a joined venture, which was only doable because NetBeans 4.x and later uses ANT for building the project, which makes it transparent which IDE one selects, and I currently involved in developing J2ME games where my fellow developers switched to NB from Eclipse purely because of Mob Pack. They want to switch back to Eclipse, but as long as NB is way superior in the J2ME world, they'll stick around. I even convinced them to download and install a daily build of NB5 every now and again. The first game btw is downloadable from our server, when it is up... it tends to crash quite a lot recently. Iwan

Posted by Iwan Eising on leden 06, 2006 at 02:19 odp. CET #

Iwan, thanks, this is helpful, I'll contact you to polish this text a bit. Others, keep them comming... I know you're there... thanks!

Posted by Roumen on leden 06, 2006 at 02:58 odp. CET #

we are using and loving netbeans 5 beta 2 at my company (which shall not be named). I wish there were more plugins available. Idea 5.0 has far more and better plugin support, but not matisse (which is manna). Just say no to eclipse!

Posted by david latham on leden 06, 2006 at 08:24 odp. CET #

Well we need sound company names to gain credibility when talking to other companies willing to write plug-ins... :( Especially if you work for a larger companies. Anyway thanks for your comment.

Posted by Roumen on leden 06, 2006 at 10:44 odp. CET #

We've been using Netbeans since version 3.6 at Océ.

Posted by Patrick Holthuizen on leden 06, 2006 at 11:48 odp. CET #

Patrick - Great! I'll contact you for a short qoute :)

Posted by Roumen on leden 07, 2006 at 02:50 dop. CET #

Hi! In my company (ARM Advanced Resource Management GmbH) we are using NetNeans exclusivly since May 2000. First we started developing with Borlands JBuilder but then switched to NetBeans. The point most decisive at that time was the prompt reaction of the NetBeans developer on an error message on our part.Several times we were to be changed tried to Eclipse - primarily because of the JBoss-J2EE support and the variety of available plugins and documentations. However, this has become frail by the new NetBeans-J2EE modules.The use of the NetBeans-Platform is likewise interesting for us as a basic scaffolding of own applications. However, the realisation fails, in the end, because of considerable expenditure of getting informations (again in contrast to Eclipse). So we would be pleased about more supporting modules and more documentation to help developing own modules and platform-based applications.

Posted by Peter Povse on leden 07, 2006 at 05:43 dop. CET #

Thanks, Peter. I am surprised how many supporters we have in Germany - I found quite a lot references on the web. That's cool, because it's close to Czech republic. We should come for a visit to some Java conference in Germany. As for the platform, we're working hard on that. See and this wiki page. We also need a book about the NetBeans platform - we're working on that. Stay tuned for more after 5.0 release.

Posted by Roumen on leden 07, 2006 at 05:52 dop. CET #

I am currently the lone Java developer for my company Digital Recorders, Inc. I have been using NetBeans since its early form as Forte. My development is based on deploying a software package created from an ant based build file. NetBeans was able to pull this project in without any modifications and get me up and running in minimal time. I tried a few other IDE's for Java with very little success in working directly with the ant file as needed. NetBeans is a great product. I can't wait until 5.0 is released.

Posted by Thomas S. Pangborn on leden 09, 2006 at 08:58 dop. CET #

Thomas, thanks, I'll contact you by e-mail.

Posted by Roman on leden 09, 2006 at 10:46 dop. CET #

Hi... I use Netbeans to write custom chunks of code to add on to SeeBeyond's Egate product. SeeBeyond was recently bought by Sun, by the way. The version of Egate I use comes/was installed with jdk 1.3.1_02. So it's nice how Netbeans allows me to write against different java platforms. Once, I tried to use Eclipse but it was too confusing. I've also build a few GUI apps with Netbeans and am really looking forward to using Matisse; I haven't had time to play with it much in the beta version and figure I may as well wait for the final version. As for plugins, I don't really need any, but wanted to let you know we're out here. My chief duty is managing interfaces for the largest healthcare organization/network in our area. We're part of the Providence Healthcare System.

Posted by Keith Blackwell on leden 09, 2006 at 05:11 odp. CET #

I have used both Eclipse and Netbeans. Both of them have advantages and shortcommings. At present, I lik e Netbeans. Generally speeking: 1. Eclipse have much bettern BASIC functions than Netbeans, such as Editor relatated functions, Refactoring, ect. Eclipse has MUCH smarter Java Editor than Netbeans, I think this should be the main task Netbeans should perform in the near future! 2. Netbeans has MUCH bettern ADVANCED functions than Eclipse, such as Java EE, Swing based visual design, Profiler, Mobile pack ect; 3. Eclipse is better for beginners, and Netbeans is better for senior Java developers; Elcipse is better for Java SE, and NetBeans is better for Java EE and Java ME. 4. The important task Netbeans should perform in the near future should be (Java) editor improvement and MORE application server support, such as Geronimo, JOnAS, WebSphere and Oracle AS(is it supported?). Thanks!

Posted by Wayne Zhang on leden 09, 2006 at 07:03 odp. CET #

Hi! I'm a lone user of NetBeans in a company in Slovenia. I've been using NetBeans as the only IDE since pre 3.6 times. I have first encountered NetBeans like DeveloperX before Sun got involved. Before that I just used Notepad and JavaDocs :))

Posted by Kovica on leden 10, 2006 at 12:20 dop. CET #

Keith, thanks, we know about Seebeyond, it is featured on our partner page. Thanks for your comment at any case.

To others ... we need company names :)

Posted by Roumen on leden 10, 2006 at 01:15 dop. CET #

Hi Roumen, The actual place I work at is St. Patrick Hospital, in Missoula MT. The url is

Posted by Keith Blackwell on leden 10, 2006 at 07:29 dop. CET #

Wayne, there is an experimental support for Websphere (see this page). The other app servers you mentioned are not supported, but we're the APIs are ready for anyone to write them. I am not sure if we will add support of any of these in next version of NetBeans. And I agree, improving the java editor is important.

Posted by Roumen on leden 10, 2006 at 11:48 dop. CET #

Hi Roumen and all others, in my company I'm "currently" the only one, who is using NB as prefered development tool. All my colleagues are using IDEA, but... yesterday I installed Kyrill's really cool plugin, for customizing the IDE's L&F ( and what should I say: One of the most IDEA-stuck developers came around my desk, looked (not very carefully) on my screen and said: "Cool, you started using IDEA!" - laughter from my side - "No, it's still NetBeans..." - astonishment in his eyes - "Hey, that's cool, it seems they are getting better and better. May I should take a closer look on it?" I think in one year (latest) NB will have reached the state of IDEA (in some cases it's even better now (collaboration, ANT-support, ...), but nonetheless, I'll use it and use it, no stop, no need to switch to IDEA. And maybe I can convince my colleagues to give NB a try with the new version (5.0 or 5.1). Best Regards to all of you

Posted by Christian on leden 11, 2006 at 01:25 dop. CET #

Nice, good luck with showing the new features to your colleagues... let me know if they would switch, then we would be interested in getting a quote from you. Thanks.

Posted by Roumen on leden 11, 2006 at 01:34 dop. CET #

Hi Roumen, I'm here to show my strong support to Netbeans. I'm in a small dev team in Tianjin China and the only one programming in java, of course with NB(now on daily build of nb51). I started using netbeans in 2003 with version 3.x and sticked on it though having tried others tools like jdeveloper, eclipse etc., but the comparison was obvious to tell that nb was most suitable to my needs when it came to version 4.x. And the new NB5 is just amazing and outstanding in many fields that netbeans team have introduced to us, salute to you! Especially the Matisse which is my favorite, makes the java developing more like a kind of enjoyment! Just hope you guys keep going while I will keep refreshing's download page, haha!

Posted by JC Lee on leden 11, 2006 at 06:54 odp. CET #

Thanks, I'll contact you by e-mail to see if we can use your message as a testimonial :)

Posted by Roumen on leden 12, 2006 at 01:28 dop. CET #

Hi Roumen,
I work at brasillian company named KSI Solucoes em Informatica. We use NetBeans since 3.6 version. Here the developers are free to use any IDE that we want, so the majority of the developers use NetBeans 4.1, and me testing NB 5.0 since May 2005.
We use specially for Swing development for years.

I hope help you.

Posted by Michel Graciano on leden 12, 2006 at 03:12 dop. CET #

Thanks Michel, I will contact you to get some more information about how you use NetBeans.

Posted by Roumen on leden 12, 2006 at 03:41 dop. CET #

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