The other day I was presenting Java EE 5 to a customer‘s team. There was a guy who had read my book and at the end of the presentation asked me : “You are involved with open source, how come in your book you use Intellij Idea and not Eclipse or Netbeans ? Is it because JetBrains gave you a license ?”.
Indeed. When I started writing my book I asked JetBrains and Visual Paradigm if they would offer me a licence. And they both did. But, I‘ll say it again out loud : I LOVE INTELLIJ IDEA !!! I‘ve been using this IDE for 6 years now and I think it‘s a really good one and worth spending some money on. I‘ve never been attracted by Eclipse. On the other hand, I have to say that I‘m quite impressed by NetBeans and use it more and more.