Readers Respond: Happy Birthday, Eclipse
From all I hear about grumblings within the Eclipse communityusers as well as big corporate sponsorsthe real question is will it last another five years. I hope so, but with NetBeans functionality ramping faster than Eclipse, and Microsofts new tools pinching on the other end, it feels like it could collapse under its own weight.
Arthur Barron (Professional Developer)
Arthur, your comment about Microsoft "pinching" on Eclipse is very humbling indeed, as it really does demonstrate there are two main developer ecosystemsEclipse and Microsoft. Rest assured that we have not lost sight that we are definitely the underdog against the Microsoft machine.
Donald, who is director of Eclipse Ecosystem Development, mentioned that "there are two main developer ecosystemsEclipse and Microsoft."
Ahem The two ecosystems are really Microsoft .Net and Java. You can see it clearly by looking and comparing job postings on Dice.com and Indeed.com.
Although both Eclipse and NetBeans can do C/C++ and other scripting languages, the overwhelming numbers of both IDEs users are writing Java code. The Java ecosystem offers great platforms for building enterprise, desktop and mobile appsNetBeans and Eclipse are two of them.