ComputerWorld: Sun Buys Java Tool Maker, Sets app strategy for NetBeans

“Sun Microsystems Inc. bought Java tool maker NetBeans Inc. last
week and laid out a strategy to unify its application server
offerings around iPlanet — a plan that analysts and users said
could present challenges to application developers.”

Sun’s first move was to put Prague-based NetBeans’
entry-level Java tools into the open-source community. NetBeans
Developer Pro will serve as Sun’s small business application
development tool set.

“Sun said the new iPlanet offering, expected to ship in March,
will contain code from Netscape Application Server, NetDynamics and
Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition. Sun said it would position its
SynerJ tools as its high-end enterprise development