An Archive of NetBeans Reviews
This is an archive of NetBeans reviews. If you'd like to add something to this list, or there's something we've missed, please let us know!
July 2013, Al Hilwa
December 2010, Eric Bruno
Years ago I was all over Eclipse. I used it every day and loved it. I was introduced to NetBeans when I wrote an article comparing the two, but continued to use Eclipse out of familiarity. But when I joined Sun in 2006, I was exposed to it more and more and fell in love with it. It was my IDE of choice for years.
September 2010, Andrew Binstock
"An excellent, easy-to-use, and complete IDE that supports development in many languages beyond Java. Easier to use than Eclipse, but with a smaller ecosystem of plug-ins, and not as feature complete as IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans is nonetheless the best of the free IDEs reviewed here."
February 2010, Rick Grehan
NetBeans has one of the briefest startup times of any of the IDEs. Configuration is minimal; we were up and running in a remarkably short time. And debugging in NetBeans was as easy as it gets. In short, NetBeans PHP just worked -- which is just what you want.
August 2008, John K. Waters
Author John Waters takes a look at the new NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta offering and it's wide range of language support. Gartner analyst Mark Diver and Forrester analyst Jeffrey S. Hammond also share their take on the release.
July 2008, Martin Heller
The InfoWorld Test Center sifts through nine Rails IDEs and editors to help you choose the tools to suit your development needs.
NetBeans IDE 6.1 wins the highest score out of the reviewed IDEs and editors with a 9.0 and the only rated as Excellent.
May 2008, John O'Conner
Excerpt: The NetBeans IDE might be better compared to a Swiss Army knife; it offers many different tools, and you're almost guaranteed to find something you like or soon need. Unless you're already hopelessly entrenched in a different IDE, you'll be tempted to look at it and try it out. Once you do, you might discover that the NetBeans IDE not only earns a place in your tool box but replaces several individual tools as well. ... The best thing you can do is download the IDE yourself and try it out.
March 2008, Andrew Binstock
Verdict: What is most striking about this review is that NetBeans and Eclipse are essentially tied. If nothing else, these numbers signify the arrival of NetBeans. For the last two years, I have performed comprehensive IDE reviews. During that time, Eclipse-based IDEs have regularly won top honors, while versions of NetBeans have lagged badly. This is the first review in which NetBeans truly stands on a par with Eclipse, and depending on your weightings could finish ahead. NetBeans has definitely arrived and is worthy of careful evaluation.
March 2008, Dick Wall
Excerpt: Matisse is Java UI building done right. It is familiar, offers drag and drop placement, and sensible defaults that can still be altered and overridden easily for flexibility.
January 2008, Eric J. Bruno
January 2008, Pan Pantziarka
Excerpt: The ugly, clunky, slow and not very sexy NetBeans IDE of yesteryear has been showing signs of turn around recently. Sun's open sourcing the project helped, even if much of the open source community remains suspicious of Sun's motives. The interface has improved, performance is a lot snappier and it has scored some definite points by homing in on areas of weakness in other IDEs (not just Eclipse).
January 2007, Eric J. Bruno
January 2007, Ed Brunette
Verdict: NetBeans 6.0 has gone gold.... NetBeans 6 is a polished, mature product that holds up well when compared to its main rivals, Visual Studio and Eclipse-based IDEs such as MyEclipse and RAD.
January 2007, Benoy Jose
Verdict: Sun Microsystems is maintaining its high standards for product quality with this latest version of NetBeans. The IDE has a lot of features that are not present in other editors and will help make developers more productive. One of the highlights of NetBeans is its ease of integration with other products and tools. This is evident from the list of vendors creating plugins for NetBeans. If NetBeans can make improvements at this rate, it will soon have a user base that rivals Eclipse. Eclipse and NetBeans are all set to conquer the IDE market in the next few years. This competition is good for developers as we can expect better features from both the products as the competition heats up.
December 2006, marlo Morejon
Excerpt: "...this venerable IDE is starting to look and behave like Eclispe--or even better."
November 2006, Linux Format magazine
Verdict: 9/10. NetBeans is a "solid performer for all types of Java development, with an outstanding GUI editor and great profiling tools."
November 2006, Andrew Binstock
"Verdict: NetBeans has the most complete support for Java EE 5 of the open-source Java IDEs. It's an impressive collection of tools; developers contemplating enterprise Java applications should evaluate NetBeans before any other products. It is likely all they will need."
November 2006, Fernando Casssia
Writer Fernando Cassia reviews a NetBeans Moblility Pack presentation during Sun Tech Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
February 2006, Peter Coffee
NetBeans IDE 5.0 is a substantial step toward bringing open-source, multiplatform Java tools up to the standard of toolmaking that is arguably defined by Microsoft's Windows-only Visual Studio.
December 2005, E. Shane Turner
Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the NetBeans Community have chosen not to rest on their laurels following the noteworthy success of NetBeans 4.0 and NetBeans 4.1. Instead, they have pushed forward with the development of NetBeans 5.0 which is currently in its second beta release, and will soon be available to the general public. This newest version of the IDE continues the effort that was started with NetBeans 4.1 to facilitate the development of robust Web Services and other server-side processes. However, version 5.0 also offers a number of new features to help developers build rich clients too. In addition, NetBeans 5.0 offers some other unique development features that basically put this IDE in a class by itself.
April 2004, Andrew Binstock
Excerpt: NetBeans 5.0 is a substantial upgrade to what was already a very solid IDE. This release reveals many new features, enhancements, and a slight repositioning, as Sun attempts to shine the spotlight on aspects that take NetBeans beyond the pure-play IDE.