That ended this year.
Obviously, the Netbeans team focused their efforts on integrating Java 8 into Neatbeans 8. Of course they did. I understand the politics.
So, dear Netbeans, it’s not you, it’s me. I’ve changed. I’ve grown. I’m not the same programmer I was in 2008.
For one thing, I haven’t programmed in php for a year now. What?! Yeah, just last year I saw php as a long-term, future-proof skill. I changed my mind about that.
On the enthusiastic recommendation of a colleague, I tried out Webstorm. It has a very reasonable licensing/pricing scheme. I figured if I fall in love with it, it won’t cost me much. I installed the trial.
After more than a month, here’s what I’ve found:
* Webstorm is more stable than Netbeans. Honestly, Netbeans and I were in an abusive relationship. Netbeans would crash. Netbeans would suddenly turn into a resource hog. When I shut down Netbeans with a force-quit, it forgot all my tabs. All my tabs! I must have upgraded a dozen times, but Netbeans never, ever, remembered my tabs after a force-quit. Shame on you Netbeans.
* But Webstorm supports Grunt tasks, and nodejs debugging. And the next version, due in 6 months, will have Gulp tasks. When I add a file to a folder outside the IDE, it shows up instantly, which never happened in Netbeans.
In the end, I bought a license. I use Webstorm every day now. I would recommend it to any HTML5 or nodejs developer.
So long Netbeans. Good luck. We’ll always have Paris.