In pictures: The mixed fate of Sun tech under Oracle

From Java to SPARC, critical Sun technologies have lived on, been cut loose, or lost their luster in the four years since the Oracle acquisition

NetBeans When Oracle acquired Sun, it already had its own JDeveloper IDE for Java and was a proponent of the Eclipse Java IDE, a rival to NetBeans. But NetBeans has remained in the Oracle stable of technologies.

NetBeans, Gosling says, is doing well with developers but he questions Oracle’s understanding of the “jewel” it has with the IDE: “Tools are a fantastic way to influence the developer community and the ‘mother ship’ [of Oracle] doesn't seem to get this.”

Azoff emphasizes Oracle’s continued support: “NetBeans' role is as the prime IDE channel for latest Java releases and therefore continues to be actively supported by Oracle and is used within the Java community, despite the greater popularity of Eclipse.”

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