The March 26, 2007 issue of InfoWorld has reviewed a bunch of Java IDEs and passed its latest judgment. The report is accessible online at http://akamai.infoworld.com/pdf/special_report/2007/13SRjava.pdf.
There are 2 main conclusions - (1) Eclipse base IDEs are doing better than those not based on it and (2) Borland’s JBuilder 2007 is the best IDE in the market today.
While the Eclipse vs. NetBeans debate has surfaced again and again in the past, it seems like the current trend is that Eclipse has been re-categorized as a framework rather than an IDE and specific implementations or aggregation of plugins based on the Eclipse framework are the ones being compared with NetBeans.
Also, the InfoWorld review has praised NetBeans without giving it that many credits. It has been specifically mentioned that the version 6.0, which is in beta, promises to be a great option.
Towards the end three alternatives, to the IBM, Borland and the NetBeans IDEs, are also enlisted. These are Eclipse, as such, (perhaps the MyEclipse distribution), IntelliJ and Oracle’s JDeveloper. IntelliJ is praised as being a great IDE for pure coding.
The article includes a tabular comparison of the three main IDEs it evaluates. The table is a good way to quickly assess the capability of the IDEs and perhaps one could use it to quickly pick a suitable IDE for ones needs .