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Dear NetBeansIDE, You Are Just One Step Away From Massive Adoption

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Well, NetBeansIDE 7.3 is out with plenty of new features, tremendous performance improvements.
In addition to the great support for Java/JavaEE technologies, NetBeansIDE 7.3 comes with decent support for HTML5, Groovy, PHP, C++ as well. If you are skeptic with older versions of NetBeans like 5.x and never again look at NetBeansIDE, I would strongly suggest you to take a look at latest NeaBeans releases specifically 6.9.x on wards.

However, I wish NetBeans should have following features which greatly increases its adoption:
1. NetBeansIDE as a zipped bundle: 
You may ask how does it matters?!!. Think about the enthusiastic developers in so called Big MNCs without having Admin privileges to install any new software.

If the company is using other IDEs and the developer wants to show to his team mates how NetBeans is better than the existing IDE, he can't because he himself can't install NetBeans on his machine. If the developer rise a ticket to install NetBeans 7.3 then he may also have to give a reason why he need that software. If he give reason as "I want to show how NetBeansIDE is better than our current IDE and motivate the team to move to NetBeans" then chances for rejecting the ticket is High :-)

So IMHO, being able to download, extract and use will definitely increase its adoption.

2. Support for latest Application Server Adapters: 
When I first realized that NetBeans 7.x also doesn't have support for JBoss AS 6/7 I was really surprised. And when I heard that NetBeansIDE 7.3 comes with JBoss AS support I was very happy and wanted to hookup my JBossAS7 with NetBeansIDE 7.3. But when I came to know that NetBeans 7.3 supports JBoss 5.x only for now, I was really surprised why NB team spent time on providing support for older JBoss version.

After expressing this concern on Twitter(@sivalabs), Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) replied to my tweet saying support for JBoss AS7 is on the way and probabily comes in-built with next release of NetBeans.

3. More plugins support: 
Lets be honest and say Eclipse has rich plugin support compared to NetBeans. Of course you can say quantity is not matter, quality matters and its true :-)

Sometimes I do weird things like creating a JavaEE project, generating Entities from Database Tables, creating REST Endpoints in NetBeans and import the code into Eclipse and work with it. I do like this because GOD knows when Eclipse's JBoss Tool plugin works properly :-) Anyway, NetBeans needs more plugins support.

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Michal Hlavac replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 2:40am

 Netbeans always had ZIP format download. There is a small text on bottom of the dowload site with link to http://netbeans.org/downloads/zip.html :

"NetBeans source code and binary builds without bundled runtimes are also available in zip file format."

Sivaprasadreddy... replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 2:49am in response to: Michal Hlavac

Michal Hlavac,

You are correct. I came to know this from the comments on my blog and updated the post.

Thank you.

Stephen Lindsey replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 5:26am

After using Eclipse for 10 years I moved to Netbeans about a year ago. The reason was the need for Maven support and the appalling implementation in Eclipse. I have had no need or desire to move back. Furthermore The first plug-in I installed was 3 days ago (soapui) and I only did this to see how it worked  - I'm quite happy with standalone soapui; as far as I can see everything I need comes as standard. Eclipse was a plug-in nightmare.

Mark Stephens replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 8:19am

Especially since FindBugs was added, I have not found the need to hunt down and plugins for NetBeans as it has a huge amount packed in to the standard IDE.

Marc Stock replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 9:46am

Or just use IntelliJ.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Ken Wong replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 10:56am

Your basically have two considerations for the issue you came up with:

1>ZIP bundle


 Now, #1 is not a problem, and #2 does not mean a so-called "massive" world.

I think Tomcat+Jetty+Glassfish might be more qualified than that.

Sivaprasadreddy... replied on Mon, 2013/03/25 - 12:06pm in response to: Ken Wong

Yeah, support for JBoss may not be required by many people, but having support for JBoss, WebLogic, WebSphere counts based on the projects need. Think about those people who really love NetBeans but have to work with JBossAS7.

Siamak sarmady replied on Sat, 2013/08/10 - 1:19am

 Jboss 5,6,7 are all supported in NB 7.3.1

Yannick Majoros replied on Wed, 2014/08/13 - 6:01am in response to: Marc Stock

@Marc Stock> Or just use IntelliJ.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Which is? I'd be happy to hear what there is there that I won't find for free in Netbeans (really, I'll pay if it's any better). Seems some users like empty comments like that, never explain anything more than "just try it, you'll see" (I did try it, didn't see the oh-so-obvious)

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