Eclipse Web Tools Project - Can you afford to wait?

I just attended the Eclipse Web Tools session and the major thing that strikes me is �what the hell are Eclipse users doing now with their J2EE projects?�

I mean, the Web tools project which will only go production with its first 1.0 version at the end of 2005 has so many basic features that we had in JDeveloper for years, that I�m really beginning to wonder if developers just picked up Eclipse because it was the �shiny free thing� syndrome, or did they actually did a little more serious tools evaluation.

Let me give you some examples:

(This is the place to mention that this presentation was actually very useful and done in a good way, so even non-Eclipse users like me understood it).



Here are some of the features promised in Web tools for JSP developers as an example � JSP code insight, JSP debugging, JSP EL support, support for tag libraries and custom tags.

Are you kidding me? JDeveloper 9.0.5 had all of these features two years ago.

Want some more, here we go with some XML features:

XML code insight, xml structure pane, xml code insight and code completion, the ability to register xml schemas, register other file extension to use the XML editor. Again all things that we had for a long time.

And the list goes on with EJB features that JDeveloper already had. Web services wizards for stubs and WSDL generation, WS-I testing and TCP monitor � all bring up memories of the things we were talking about back in the JDeveloper 9.0.5 days.

And even after they talked about all the features that they will have in the version they�ll release in 2006 there was no mention of things that get close to JDeveloper visual editors for JSP/JSF/Struts etc.

So was it just the fact that Eclipse was free that drove people to it?

Well we took care of this issue now � we offer JDeveloper for free now.

So, come on, get serious and check out JDeveloper 10.1.3 Preview � you owe it to yourself if you are doing J2EE development.

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