MyEclipse & NetBeans, Revisited



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.
Comments:

Nondescript. Free or not free?

Posted by qingyue on únor 13, 2007 at 08:28 dop. CET #

Interesting comment - are you asking if MyEclipse is free or something else? It does say "commercial" so I'm guessing it's not free. If you actually go to their site, you can download some of the things, but they say: "The MyEclipse Enterprise Workbench Eclipse IDE is available for a free 30-day trial". If you click on Payment Options it explains about the subscription plan and how much it costs, etc.

Posted by S on únor 13, 2007 at 07:09 odp. CET #

That's right, Genuitec's products are not free.

Posted by Roumen on únor 14, 2007 at 05:52 dop. CET #

The SNAPs, connectors, and full IDE (if you care to explore its options) are available for $30/year. As "S" alluded, we have a free 30-day trial available. I would reommend taking advantage of the trial to see if you enjoy the tools. If not, nothing lost. If so, you can enjoying the expanding toolkit. MyEclipse, unlike many other commercial tools, has a 100% money-back guarantee. No questions asked. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know. Thanks!
-Jens
jens@genuitec.com

Posted by Jens E on únor 14, 2007 at 09:45 dop. CET #

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