Today, Sun opens their Enterprise tools to the NetBeans community. This is really good news for Java developers, since they now get a truly modular, extensible, easy-to-use and easy-to-install IDE, that features:
- UML modelers (both ways)
- XML tools
- SOAP orchestration
This is obviously in addtition to the Matisse UI builder, the profiler, the J2ME development tools etc. Also, the NetBeans platform is now also being used for non-development applications (see e.g. the Stocktrader application).