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NetBeans wins JOLT Award for Best Development Environment

Posted by davidvc on March 23, 2007 at 3:31 PM PDT

I just heard the news that NetBeans wins the JOLT Award for Best Development Environment (see Section 7). Given that I work on NetBeans, this is super cool. I'd like to know why it won, but that doesn't seem to be available.

My goal (vision? wild and crazy dream?): get NetBeans to win the award for Best Database Tool. Right now that honor goes to Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals. Those MS folks are very good at building this kind of tooling. Time to take a page from their book, see what they're doing, and get some of this into a product that is portable (runs on more than Windows), free and open source.

The runners-up also look very interesting, and I plan to take a look at them as well. Why re-invent the wheel if somebody's already done a good job of it.