MyEclipse & NetBeans, Revisited
By Roman Strobl on II 13, 2007
Genuitec is the company behind MyEclipse, a popular commercial Eclipse-based IDE. Genuitec decided to bundle NetBeans' GUI builder (code name Matisse) in MyEclipse quite some time ago. I find it interesting that an Eclipse-based IDE reuses a significant part of NetBeans code. When we asked them what was the main reason for including Matisse, they replied that their developer community requested it and prefered NetBeans GUI builder instead of Eclipse's Visual Editor. And of course license-wise this is possible given that NetBeans is opensource. Religion aside, they do what their customers want which is definitely a good recipe for success.
The latest news from Genuitec is that they created a NetBeans plug-in. This plug-in lets you use SNAPs which are light-weight tools for various development tasks, such as a visual HTML designer, a database explorer, an xml editor and an HTML editor. NetBeans users can now use e.g. the HTML designer from the IDE with one click. Genuitec published a flash demo which shows how the HTML designer is integrated with NetBeans (unfortunately SNAPs are available only on Windows at the moment).
Traditionally the IDE space was divided into fractions, but Genuitec is building interesting bridges. Which makes me wonder what comes next.