Thoughts About Borland
By Roman Strobl on II 08, 2006
I expressed that I liked products of Borland already few times before. I loved working with Turbo Pascal and I also used to like JBuilder in it's older versions when it still was a real good IDE. I actually used it much longer than NetBeans. Today I read the blog of David I Intersimone. Well, it's quite interesting how much happy he is that the part of company where he works is being sold.
If I were on David's place, I would be rather worried. You never know who will buy you and you know, it can also mean the end of the products as they used to be. Of course, it doesn't have to be the case, but we've all seen few such cases in the history of IT.
For me the most interesting question is what will happen with JBuilder? If a new company buys all these developer tools, will they want to maintain a tool which has a hard time to be sold, given that there are free alternatives? (NetBeans, Eclipse, JDeveloper, ...) Unlike IDEA which keeps it's own market, JBuilder seems to be loosing it's market share in favor of other IDEs.
I understand there are people who stick to JBuilder, like I did before, but from some of the comments I can sense that they are not sure what will happen. So to all these people - and you expected it - NetBeans community is open and you might like to try NetBeans 5.0. Just subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list to get a feeling of how is it to be a part of our open-source community. There is a JBuilder importer available to simplify your migration to NetBeans. Welcome!