Wednesday Nov 08, 2006

A Tipping Point for NetBeans

I used to be heavily involved in the NetBeans project. I've moved on to other projects but still keep a close eye on my favorite IDE. The Inquirer has a cool report on a recent NetBeans Day event. It's amazing to see how sophisticated these events have become (kudos to Tim Cramer and Matt Thompson).

I was involved in planning the first NetBeans day and it was no where near this fancy. Now it's clear with the combination of great engineering and great marketing that NetBeans has reached a tipping point and is accelerating even faster. There's a real lesson to be learned here about creating and selling technology products. You can put a lot of effort into something (and Sun did put a lot of effort into NetBeans between 2000 and 2004), but get comparitively small results. In the past couple of years Sun invested an incremental amount more on the marketing and evangelism side to show that NetBeans is a major force and the community has rallied around it. Just looking at the attendance for events like NetBeans Day shows it. The change has been sudden (in a relative scale) and dramatic. Way to go guys.

I've been talking to the Tech Days team about adding System Administrator topics to these events. Is that something you'd like to attend? If so, what would you like to see? Leave a comment and let me know.

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