NetBeans Review

since it is open source, you can just go ahead and contribute whatever you want to change yourself


What is most valuable?

  • Maven support
  • Developer Productivity
  • Server Support
  • Complete Tool Suite
  • Extensibility

How has it helped my organization?

Developer Productivity.

What needs improvement?

There are always rooms for improvement for any product. The good thing with NetBeans is that since it is Open Source, you can just go ahead and contribute whatever you want to change yourself.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used this solution for 13 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

NetBeans has an extremely large and vibrant community, which makes it easy to get support.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used to use Eclipse but switched mainly because of the superior Maven support in NetBeans.

How was the initial setup?

NetBeans is very simple to install. Just run a simple installer and you’re good to go. No additional configuration needed.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NetBeans is free and open source. It has been donated by Oracle to the Apache Foundation, and is currently in the Apache Incubator which will make it the only IDE in the Apache Foundation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The only relevant competitor to NetBeans is IntelliJ IDEA from Jetbrains, but this is a commercial product and not free as NetBeans.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it! You’ll never look back!

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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