First public statement by Oracle about NetBeans? Or not?
Masoud Kalali just pointed me and other NBDT fellows to this document by Oracle, which contains some more details about the future of many Sun products after the buy is completed. One paragraph is relevant to NetBeans:
Oracle has a strong track record of demonstrating commitment to choice for Java developers. As such, NetBeans is expected to provide an additional open source option and complement to the two free tools Oracle already offers for enterprise Java development: Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. While Oracle JDeveloper remains Oracle’s strategic development tool for the broad portfolio of Oracle Fusion Middleware products and for Oracle’s next generation of enterprise applications, developers will be able to use whichever free tool they are most comfortable with for pure Java and Java EE development: JDeveloper, Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, or NetBeans.
Sounds good at first glance, but after you read it you discover that... basically there's zero information. :-) While JDeveloper remains strategic, NetBeans “is expected to provide another option”, but there's no indication on whether Oracle is going to invest on it or not.
Contrast it to the statements about Solaris and Open Office
After the transaction closes, Oracle plans to continue developing and supporting OpenOffice as open source.
Oracle plans to spend more money developing Solaris than Sun does now.
So, my opinion is that no decision on NetBeans has been taken. In the meantime, the best thing the NetBeans community can do is to be vocal about the best IDE and Platform around!