So many development environments to choose from, so little time to work with them! You may see something about an environment of interest to you, but wonder just what is working with it really like? Well, I stumbled upon a recent report of interest from Evans Data Corp. on the top software development platforms. Their report is loaded with useful information about the products evaluated: Eclipse, Delphi, Rational Development Tool Suite, IntelliJ, Visual Studio and Tools, NetBeans, Jdeveloper and tools, and Sun Studio.
Since I work mostly using Visual Dataflex my experience with these tools is limited — yet my interest in them is high, so I found the report particularly informative. The report ranks the tools in over 15 areas such as “Ready to Use out of box experience”, “Sample Apps”, “Database Development Tools” and “Integration with Databases”. There are also charts and comment on overall ratings by development platform.
The report is freely available from Evans Data — I’m sure many who read this will find it an interesting read.