Yesterday the first beta of NetBeans 6.0 was released. I could not withstand and installed it – of course 😀 The installer (Linux, Ubuntu Feisty) worked like a charm. Startup seemed somewhat faster, the looks are clean and good (nothing like the thing with M9 anymore). The editor now responds faster than in the last milestone and is therefore more usable. Looks like NetBeans is on its way.
Another comment: Why bother with NetBeans if they are somewhat behind with features and ease-of-use? From the viewpoint of an application developer NetBeans offers some very interesting features one might search in other databases. There is the really cool GUI editor and the database support out of the box. Furthermore they have a profiler built in (for free).