I think Netbeans is a pretty good Java IDE from a first glance. But it is really a whole lot more than just Java. It is packed , without being bloated can you say WebSphere, with features. One of the cool features is the XML schema designer.
Check this out -
Notice the Selected Design Pattern: Venetian Blind. This is pretty cool. It will apply the design pattern to whatever XML schema you currently have it in. It supports Salami Slice, Venetian Blind, Garden of Eden (New to me) and Russian Doll.
Of course the tool has about a million other features as well including a pretty nice UML tool. I don't want anyone to think I've done any kind of serious evaluation on this but at first glance it is promising. And of course it is free from Sun like most of their software these days.
I've always liked the "extra" support in netbeans.. XML support, properties file editing, CVS integration, GUI editor have been around for ages and they're part of what you need to do typical web/framework development (since they have large chunks of functionality configured via extra files)..
I've always criticised eclipse for being nothing more than a text editor out of the box, whereas netbeans is pretty complete..
I think you are right on about Eclipse. The one thing I do like about it is their support. I find the Eclipse guys to be very responsive which is pretty impressive for unpaid support. I guess being fronted by Big Blue doesn't hurt.
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