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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.

  1. January 26, 2010 at 13:00

    From reading the linked thread I think there might be some miscommunication as to what is happening.

    SOA/JBI/BPEL and its NetBeans tooling continues to be developed and supported in the OpenESB community, we just released a new product release of GlassFish ESB 2.2 which is based on and fully tested against the 6.7.1 NetBeans.

    What has changed is the packaging and timing of when the package is released. The reason we’re only making this a separate download/packaging now is that the Netbeans release schedule is separate from the SOA schedule, and it has been not only additional work, but has created additional confusion and problems when NetBeans packages included older versions of SOA software.

    Hence the place to go to get the latest SOA support with Netbeans, go to the downloads at

    As to NetBeans 6.8, we’re working on it. It’s on the plan for release in the 2.3 product.

  2. January 26, 2010 at 13:16

    @Andreas but what is with UML? Seems to be 1. a bit hidden and 2. not really working:


  3. Alexander Glazkov
    January 26, 2010 at 13:50

    First of all, thank you for the comments.

    Regarding SOA/JBI/BPEL. Andreas, thank you. This is a very encouraging news. Glad, it’s not time to shelf NetBeans JBI projects yet and I wish OpenESB a great future as I believe this is a very powerful and flexible platform, yet based on standards.

    Regarding UML. This was another painful loss. What is a Java project without UML? I know it had own issues, but don’t believe they were serious to drop development and support. The lost of the UML module left a noticeable dent on NetBeans overall for Java developers.

    I hope someone will comment on Visual Web.

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