I just read a news item that said "Sun’s plans tie Java and the latest version of NetBeans tightly together".
This new strategy seems a lot like the way Microsoft captured the browser space by tying Windows and IE browser together and then the instant messenger market by tying Outlook Express and MSN Messenger together.
Already Sun encourages you to download NetBeans by providing bundled
downloads and stuff. This new policy would mean that getting started
with NetBeans would be far easier than Eclipse or any of the alternatives.
Don’t get me wrong. I like NetBeans a lot and I
think it is maturing very well. However I don’t think tying it to
Java is the way forward.