I shouldn't be writing about this, because we were saving it as the big
announcement for this year's JavaOne, but the information has already
leaked: I've seen several NetBeans developers blogging about it - so
there's no point in hiding it anymore... The next major release of
NetBeans, which is planned for 2009, will be a complete rewrite -
NetBeans is going to be provided as an online service and it's source
code will be rewritten in a new programming language. But before I tell
you which language it is, read the reasoning first.
NetBeans has always been about innovation. We
ever. Parts of the IDE will run on the server and parts in the web
browser - and Sun will provide NetBeans as an online service. For the
price that you are used to: FREE. Of course Sun will still provide
top-notch commercial support of the online product and we'll be rolling
out different service plans shortly after the 7.0 release. We are still
discussing whether to continue providing the sources of NetBeans (look
how well have all the Google applications been accepted in the open
source community without actually providing any source code). We're
looking for feedback from the community - does the community actually
care about source code of NetBeans or is the FREE price tag that
everyone cares about?
We are also investigating the
possibilities of running ads in the online version of NetBeans. By that
we could make significant money on NetBeans - we could do even more
NetBeans days globally with much better finger food. What the heck, we
could even transport beer directly from the Czech Republic so that
developers could taste some real beer during NetBeans days!
I've never been more excited about the future of NetBeans - we all know that the future is online in the web browser and NetBeans is extremely well positioned to take the online IDE market by storm!