CyberTech Rambler

January 5, 2006

NetBeans should NOT throw in the towel

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 5:23 pm

David Berlind accepted Tim Bray‘s bet that he will change his mind in 2007 that NetBean should throw in the towel. (Event sequence : 1, 2, 3). Ian Skerett of Eclipse Foundation believe that Berlind will win. Granted, Skerett is biased, but will Berlind win? Yes, of course. The flaw in the bet is that Berlind, one party to the bet, is the solo authority that will decide whether he wins or lose. See the conflict of interest here? Since we have not invented a way to say whether he is lying, we will have to accept what he says as the truth and nothing but the truth.

Of course I have all confidence that Berlind will tell the truth come 2007. His integrity is at stake. The actual bet is whether NetBeans will be one of the IDE considered by developers beside Eclipse IDE in 2007. I was telling the half truth when I say we cannot verify that he is lying, coz if NetBeans did indeed becomes an alternative to Eclipse for most developers, he can lie through his teeth that he won and nobody will believe him, … and Bray will be happy to buy him dinner if this is the case, although I am not sure Berlind will eat it.

In my work, I use Eclipse very heavily. Even with this in mind, I do not want NetBeans to throw in the towel. By being an alternative to Eclipse, it provide competition to Eclipse and forces Eclipse to innovate to stay ahead where it has the advantage, and to catch up where it is behind. I want this competition to continue as long as I am using Eclipse (or NetBeans for that matter).

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2 Comments »

  1. CTR,

    I gotta take issue with this:

    “By being an alternative to Eclipse, it [NetBeans] provide competition to Eclipse and forces Eclipse to innovate to stay ahead.”

    There are areas where Eclipse is playing catch up, too. You cannot stay ahead, if you ain’t ahead!

    Comment by vince kraemer — January 8, 2006 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  2. Dear Kraemer,

    Fair enough. No one product has the edge in every situation. I modified it to say

    “By being an alternative to Eclipse, it[NetBeans] provide competition to Eclipse and forces Eclipse to innovate to stay ahead where it has the advantage, and to catch up where it is behind.

    Comment by C. T. Rambler — January 10, 2006 @ 12:56 pm | Reply


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