Friday, March 24, 2006

A Tale of Two Splashscreens

WARNING: This blog entry was imported from my old blog on (which used different blogging software), so formatting and links may not be correct.

Earlier this week, somebody got a picture of SWT creator Steve Northover "embracing" NetBeans. This promply made it into the Eclipse splash screen for nightly builds (along with a
bugreport...). Here's the splash screen:

Roman I just learned that the NetBeans nightly build also has an "unusual" splash screen. Sure enough:

RCS file: /cvs/ide/branding/core/startup/src/org/netbeans/core/startup/splash_nb.gif,v
Working file: ./ide/branding/core/startup/src/org/netbeans/core/startup/splash_nb.gif
head: 1.5
locks: strict
access list:
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total revisions: 15; selected revisions: 15
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date: 2006/03/23 23:37:22; author: tboudreau; state: Exp; lines: +531 -379
A fitting response to
to be rolled back after the next nightly build :-)

If my eyes don't deceive me, the person on the right is the same Steve Northover, this time playing guitar with NetBeans developer and evangelist Tim Boudreau.

Things are getting very friendly between the two camps.
Tim Cramer, head of tools at Sun, appeared at Eclipsecon this week and spoke on the
Matisse integration into

Competition is good for Java developers - and friendly competition is in my opinion even better.


  1. I am a big Java/Sun supporter.
    But if that blonde had a (hmm... lets think of an extreme example) Microsoft sign hanging around her neck, you would even find me "embracing" whatever it was that she was promoting.

  2. Curious Tor... What's up with the pixelated black line going across that fine young lady's neck?