|Re: [ecf-dev] Gosling: Java source code already available|
Pete Mackie wrote:
Gosling: Java source code already available
Unfortunately, close only counts in 'horse shoes and hand grenades'...not in licensing :)
Perhaps true that Netbeans has been 'around' longer...but I think it's clear that Eclipse has had more success than NetBeans at creating a community and an ecosystem for tools and other applications.
By this, I think he must mean UI/multi-platform story...not interoperability in the communications sense...since none of that depends upon SWT at all.
"It’s a toolkit based on the Windows API and getting it to run on other platforms is problematic," he said.
This statement is sort of belied by the Linux, Solaris, Mac, AIX, HP-UX drops available here
Given this, I guess I don't understand what he means by 'getting it to run on other platforms'. I have a lot of respect for Gosling, but I suspect he may be a little bitter at the success of Eclipse, SWT, RCP, etc. relative to Netbeans.