Finally the long awaited JSR-198: Standard Extension API for Integrated
Development Environments got approved.
This is great news to all the small
companies out there that are building utilities for Java developers. The thing
that this JSR can save them is the need to write a special extension for each
IDE out there. Now they can write the extension once and have it work with any
IDE that implements this JSR.
The question now is which IDEs will implement this API. While Eclipse might
not have a motivation to implement this, and as such try and keep their
"monopoly" control over extension developers. Maybe someone will step up and
just develop this for them.
Netbeans and IntelliJ would probably benefit from
supporting this JSR. And as far as we are concerened here in the JDeveloper
group ? well we already support it.
You can develop extensions to JDeveloper using the JSR-198 API and the doc
for this is
Scroll down to get to that section.