As a fellow developer working on promoting the Java platform to enterprise customers of all background and skillsets, it's great to see the competition between free Java development environments heating up with new releases of NetBeans and Studio Creator, and JDeveloper 10g coming to market. It is this healthy competition that keeps raising the bar for end-to-end enterprise J2EE applilcation building functionality that you get for free as Java developers: a definite win for the Java community at large. However, disappointingly Sun seems to have begun spreading the word that Oracle is "backing" or "endorsing" NetBeans. Huh?
Innocent mistake after hearing the words of their fearless leader, or overzealous marketing tactic? Not sure. While I'm flattered that they see the need to create market confusion about JDeveloper as a worthy competitor, their claims are simply not true. As Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy confirmed a few weeks back, Oracle works closely with Sun on numerous fronts and in various Java Community-related efforts, however free Java IDE's are one area where we are each innovating on our own.
In short, Oracle remains fully behind Oracle JDeveloper 10g!
Since numerous people have begun to ask me about it through email, I've posted some links to Oracle's official statements on this subject, as well as various news articles from the popular press that have begun to pickup on the story over here.