End of the road for Borland’s JBuilder IDE?

Borland has annouced that it is going to pull out of the Java IDE business, to concentrate on it’s suite of design tools instead.

JBuilder has long been one of the dominant IDEs but maybe it has reached the end of the road with strong competition from Open Source (and free) alternatives like Eclipse and Netbeans. Both of these have developed a huge user base in the last few years. Coupled with a few plug-ins you can have a very full featured IDE for free, which surely puts the pressure on IDE vendors such as Borland.

So, the future for JBBuilder looks bleak, unless someone buys up the code and rights to the product from Borland?

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