It looks like Eclipse is to be the IDE for Oracle development, and Netbeans will be a more generic tool. This could signal a move to use Eclipse as the platform to receive special Oracle “freemium” plugins.
As it turns out, Oracle intends on continuing to support both Eclipse and NetBeans.
“Both products are being actively developed and are both part of Oracle’s Developer Tools strategy,” an Oracle spokesperson told InternetNews.com.
For Eclipse, one of the key Oracle technologies is the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse which is a free set of plug-ins for Eclipse IDE users.
“NetBeans is targeted at being the number-one open source IDE for all of
the Java technologies,” the spokesperson said. “Its focus is to ensure
that Java developers of any skill level can be productive in building
with and taking fullest advantage of all the Java technologies.”