Is NetBeans 6.8 a Step Forward?
I decided to upgrade my NetBeans to 6.8 from 6.5. First, I was really impressed with integration with Project Kenai, but then was truly disappointed to find out that NetBeans discontinued support for SOA/JBI/BPEL, Visual Web, and UML indicating that Sun has no resources to support these features. I guess Sun Microsystems is pretty distressed. Unfortunately, NetBeans is not the only sign. The JAI (Java Advanced Imaging) mailing list that once was very active now is almost silent with subscribers asking Sun to open-source native code allowing community to develop x64 code and Sun not responding to these requrests letting JAI quietly die.
As far as I can see, Oracle’s acquisition looks like a necessity for Sun to survive as part of Oracle, not as a business opportunity to reach new horizons. Sad.
Update (Feb 22, 2010): This is what I did. I will wait for the next OpenESB release with the NetBeans 6.8 bundle.
Update (May 2, 2010): VisualWeb was discontinued for a good reason.