NetBeans moving fast, could soon threaten Eclipse’s leader position

NetBeans had some major 5.0 simultaneous releases today. With NetBeans moving fast and adding a lot of functionality of late, it looks likely that it will soon threaten Eclipse’s leader position.

NetBeans IDE 5.0 Beta, NetBeans Platform 5.0, NetBeans Mobility Pack
5.0 Beta and NetBeans Profiler Milestone 9 for 5.0 are now available
for download. The final NetBeans 5.0 is expected in December 2005.

NetBeans IDE 5.0
The NetBeans 5.0 release introduces comprehensive support for developing IDE Module Plugins and rich client applications based on the NetBeans Platform, the new intuitive GUI builder Matisse, new and redesigned CVS support, Weblogic 9 and JBoss 4 support, editor enhancements and much more.

NetBeans Platform 5.0
The NetBeans Platform has been around for years, but NetBeans IDE 5.0 makes module (plug-in) development much easier and smoother than ever before. New project types have been added to NetBeans IDE 5.0 which allow developers to easily extend the NetBeans IDE with modules (plug-ins) or build rich
client applications on top of the NetBeans Platform.

NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0 Beta
NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0 adds several key new features to an already powerful and easy-to-use mobile Java development tool, including: Improved end-to-end support for building web services-based mobile applications for any MIDP device, new custom components in the Visual Mobile Designer, improved pre-processor support for device fragmentation, editable generated code and improved emulator support.

NetBeans Profiler Milestone 9
NetBeans Profiler Milestone 9 adds full-featured profiling capabilities to NetBeans IDE 5.0, including: CPU, Memory and Threads profiling as well as application monitoring. The profiler uses a unique approach to byte code instrumentation minimizing the profiling overhead and providing accurate timing and memory results.

Source: NBAnnounce Mail

Do share your own comparison of NetBeans and Eclipse.

Related:
>> NetBeans takes the J2SE route – Jumps to version 5.0
>> Eclipse vs NetBeans
>> When to buy an IDE? When to stick with Eclipse / NetBeans?

Reference:

>> NetBeans 5.0 Release Page
>> NetBeans Platform 5.0 information
>> NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0 information and download instructions
>> NetBeans Profiler Milestone 9 information and download instructions

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  • Noname

    For now, as the Eclipse WTP is not finalized yet, NetBeans may attract many people over Eclipse.

    But WTP, when finalized, will provide much more functionality and better usability compared to NetBeans. Also WTP is not the only project which is going to add value to NetBeans. BIRT, UML2, and… will even make it better.

    However, at the time being, there’s no doubt that NetBeans’ stable functionalities overshadows those of Eclipse’s…

  • Noname

    Despite Netbeans getting very good, why is no company buliding over the NetBeans platform? BEA, Borland, Nokia…everybody wants Eclipse.

    Is the company (IBM) the deciding factor or the quality of the platform?

  • Noname

    Countless ads all over this page, but not a single link to the actual product that the article describes!!