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JBuilder 2007 - Borland Must Be Crazy!

It feels like Borland could not find a buyer for their IDE division and they've released a new Eclipse-based JBuilder 2007

From Yakov Fain's JDJ Blog

It looks like Borland could not find a buyer for their IDE division, and they've released a new Eclipse-based version of Java IDE - JBuilder 2007. They will TRY TO SELL different version of this product, and the Enterprise Edition costs $1999 (?!). They must be crazy. For only two grand it offers "velocity with Visual EJB and web services GUIs, provides balance, enabling management of complex projects across locations with P2P and TeamInsight, and gives organizations confidence to develop with open source tools and plug-ins". This is not even funny.

You can get Eclipse with WTP for free with great tools for enterprise development. Netbeans is also free. An excellent enterprise grade IDE IntelliJ IDEA cost $500. Unless JBuilder 2007 has voice activated enterprise development, it's plain stupid to charge $2000 for this product. If they look at another overpriced monster called WSAD (or RAD), too bad. IBM is not in the software product development business anymore (they sell professional services) and can survive without selling WSAD, while for Borland IDE is one of  mainstream products.

The only reason Joe Shmo, the CIO of an enterprise Java shop might  purchase this product from Borland from $2K is that Joe plays golf with one of the Borland Executives and wants to do him/her a favor. I personally do not even have time to try it even if they'd given it to me for free.

Borland used to produce the best Java IDE several years ago. But the world is different now. Get real guys.

More Stories By Yakov Fain

Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs ( and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain

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