Java IDEs tend to attract very specific users to their camps, JChem is designed for those in the chemical field.
A very interesting read not just for those in the chemical field, but also those looking to extend Java IDEs into more specific industry solutions.
“(On JChem)We used NetBeans because it is an extensible modular application built on Java,“ Dudgeon said in a recent interview. “The window management side of things: the way you can put together parts of the application and get all the benefits of the windowing system; the APIs and building wizards with them—these were all very important to us.”
“Eclipse has its own native widgets, UI and visual components, which were difficult to manipulate,” Hamernik asserted. “NetBeans is Java-based and has a straight-forward framework that was very helpful in creating a Swing-heavy application like Instant JChem.”
Read the post: http://www.netbeans.org/community/articles/instantjchem.html