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If you haven't tried NetBeans lately--

Posted by caroljmcdonald on January 24, 2007 at 7:45 AM PST

I recently returned to Sun, the past 2 1/2 years I was an Architect for
a loan servicing application being built for one of the largest
automobile companies. At my previous company we were developing
with an agile development process using a lot of open source
tools -eclipse, junit, ant, maven, cvs, cruisecontrol, and not open
source tools- Magic Draw, XMLspy, Jprofiler.

Last week I attended NetBeans and Sun Tech Days in Atlanta. I was
really impressed with how much Netbeans has improved, if you
haven't tried it lately then you really should. Here are some of the
features that were demonstrated which I found nice:

  1. a free UML plugin which
    can be used to draw UML (of course) but also to reverse engineer UML
    from your code and which can stay in synch with any changes. At my
    previous company (which was very cost conscious)  we paid $ for
    that.
  2. Netbeans projects use Ant to build, there is no binary metadata
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