There is nothing like an IDE debate to stir passionate points of view in the Java world, so the Java User Group(JUG) in Cologne, Germany set out to gather a representative panel composed from each leading provider in this space, with a non-aggression pact incorporated into the mix.
The Java IDE Who-Is-Who in Cologne! The first time in history the four leading Java IDEs are joining one single session.
Maxim Shafirov (JetBrains) - Responsible for IntelliJ IDEA (St. Petersburg)
Mike Aizatsky (JetBrains) - Responsible for Web Development IntelliJ IDEA (St. Petersburg)
Ann Oreshnikova (JetBrains) - Marketing Director JetBrains (St. Petersburg)
Roman Strobl (Sun Microsystems) - NetBeans Evangelist (Prague)
Wayne Beaton (Eclipse Foundation) - Eclipse Evangelist (Canada)
Frank Nimphius (Oracle) - Principal Product Manager Oracle/JDeveloper
The review from Frank Nimphius at Oracle:
There is no winner of yesterday’s event as we all agreed on a non-aggression pact. We’ve been given 30 minutes each - after pizza an beer - to present and show demos, which reminded me a bit to speed dating. However, it was quite challenging to prepare for the event, especially because all IDEs that send their representative (JDeveloper, Eclipse, NetBean and IntelliJ) have more to sell than what fits into 30 minutes
Just from what i summarize, I think it becomes clear how the 4 tools position themselves and which audience they attempt to attract. The event concluded with a one hour discussion panel around Open JDK and the value that open source and custom VM implementation bring to Java and how IDE vendors are planning to support them.
The Review from Frank Nimphius at Oracle