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Eclipse is free (thank the gods). And yet, I see many companies running out to purchase a J2EE development environment. I feel that Eclipse IS the editor to use, and yet it seems hard to sell this to our 'non technical' superiors. How can I get my superiors to realize that, every once and a while, something free can be something good?


And how long will Eclipse remain free? Are there any plans to release dual versions of Eclipse, a 'light' free version, and a 'heavy' costly version?

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How can I get my superiors to realize that, every once and a while, something free can be something good?


It is not that easy to tell a manager, especially in large firms, that a open source project is cool. In fact, management tends to not using open source projects even they maybe really good. Since the products are free, without any supports, when something happens, no *authorized* party is assure that they will handle or solve the problems immediately.

Personal use maybe good, but it seems really difficult to pursue management to accept the free products. Linux in the past was a good example. While it was free or with a very cheap price, those banks were still consider to use AIX or Solaris instead.


And how long will Eclipse remain free? Are there any plans to release dual versions of Eclipse, a 'light' free version, and a 'heavy' costly version?


So far, I think Eclipse will be free for a bit more time, or even, it will be free forever, with limited functions, and some other projects may develop free plug-ins for it.

For heavy costly version, you may consider WSAD. In fact, it is built on top of Eclipse, and provide full support to J2EE and even Web services application developement.

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Nick,

Thanks for you comments. My superiors favor WSAD over Eclipse, even for developers who do not write for Websphere apps. It is interesting, the point you make about support for open source products... very true. One of the bartenders (Jeanne) mentioned putting together a list of plugins for Eclipse that would get it to the standard J2EE development status. I think I'll do that, and push Eclipse in my department.

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Originally posted by Michael Sullivan:


Thanks for you comments. My superiors favor WSAD over Eclipse, even for developers who do not write for Websphere apps. It is interesting, the point you make about support for open source products... very true. One of the bartenders (Jeanne) mentioned putting together a list of plugins for Eclipse that would get it to the standard J2EE development status. I think I'll do that, and push Eclipse in my department.

Thanks again for the reply.



Michael, you might want to have a look at MyEclipse, a commercial plugin for Eclipse which includes a bunch of functionality (XML editor, support for a bunch of app server flavors, JSP editor, Struts support, etc). It's a big $29.25 per person for a year's license. I'm doing the eval now....
 
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