Sun, Oracle, Netbeans...
By Shreedhar Ganapathy on Jan 26, 2006
Some speculation about whether or not Oracle endorses Netbeans. CNET News reports here.
What does an endorsement from a corporate such as Oracle mean to a product? I can imagine that the more obvious objective of an endorsement is that it will spur official adoption of the product within the corporate, and potentially extend to its partners, thus leading to rapid improvements and functionalities in the product. Additionally, it would open up more opportunities for developers from the corporate to contribute their time to code for the product.
In this case, the news item seems to indicate some uncertainty on that front. From a technical perspective, developers would love to see more collaboration in this wide open space. Any lack of endorsements from large corporations should only lead to more opportunity for products such as NetBeans to be improved even further than it already is. The concept of continuous improvement (Kaizen) is the best to apply at all times. At some point, it will be compelling enough to be endorsed purely on technical merit leaving little room for speculation and non-technical determinants.