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NetBeans 5.5 is out

And along with the new version of NetBeans is a new and improved website. The difference between the older NetBeans website and the new version is the difference between night and day. Navigation is a snap, and I love the overall look and feel.

As for the IDE itself, I've been working with version 5.5 as well as the version 6 milestones. NetBeans continues to advance at a steady, rapid clip, both in terms of features and overall quality. It has become a formidable competitor to Eclipse 3.2.1 and should continue to be for quite some time to come.

I'm sure that it required at this point to make an obligatory poke in the eye at Eclipse, but I won't. As I've said before, the developer community needs a strong and vital NetBeans and Eclipse. NetBeans was inferior for quite some time in comparison to Eclipse until NetBeans 4 was released. From that release up to 5.5, NetBeans has reached parity with Eclipse, and that's with Eclipse continuing to advance in its own lane.