Feeds

Eclipse comes last in quality vote

Joins NetBeans

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The increasingly popular Eclipse open source tools framework has finished in last place, with Sun Microsystems' NetBeans, in a developers' vote on quality of features.

In a comment on the potential shakiness of new "community" projects and a tribute to the lingering power of centralised management, developers have given IBM's Rational Application Development suite top marks.

Coming second in Evans Data Corp's IDE Scorecard were Microsoft's Visual Studio and Borland Software's Delphi suite. Evans polled 1,200 developers worldwide, asking them to rate 11 integrated development environments (IDEs).

Also surveyed were Sun Microsystems' Java Studio, Oracle's JDeveloper, Borland's JBuilder, IBM's WebSphere Studio, Macromedia's Studio 8, and Sybase's PowerBuilder.

IBM scored highest on modeling and design tools, documentation, making and build function, and the quality of support. "Rational was a powerhouse of development tools when IBM bought the company and IBM has handled the acquisition beautifully, not letting quality of Rational products slip at all," Evans said.

Evans expects Eclipse and NetBeans to benefit from their open source nature in the long run. Eclipse has already taken a step to tackle quality through Callisto, an initiative to improve reliability and solve version compatibility problems between different Eclipse projects that have hampered individual developers and ISVs using Eclipse.

Callisto, delivered last week, saw 23 Eclipse projects jointly updated and released, with Eclipse planning to expand its number of projects by the time of the next update in June 2007.

Sun, meanwhile, is still at a rather early stage of donating code from its enterprise products to NetBeans in order to beef-up functionality. Sun in April put tools from its Java Studio Enterprise and SeeBeyond integration suite into NetBeans. These included Sun's two-way Unified Modeling Language (UML) modeler to architect and reverse engineer enterprise applications, XML infrastructure and visual editing tools, and service oriented architecture (SOA) orchestration tools from SeeBeyond.

"The community behind them will look at the weaknesses as opportunities and they will be addressed in innovative and most likely powerful ways," Evans said.

Aside from taking the shine off Eclipse and confirming NetBeans' lack of maturity, Evans' report will make unsettling reading for Borland as the highly rated Delphi is among a stable of products Borland is attempting to get shot of.

Rather than try to monetise the existing Dephi customer base, Borland has decided to chase enterprise dollars by focusing its application and project management tools on the nebulous concept of business and technology "optimisation".

More on the survey here.®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft
Doesn't much like Apple or Google, either
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report
Development alliance working on desktop, mobe software
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?