Let’s face the truth: The Eclipse IDE is not the first choice for developers. Especially in the field of Java and Web Development, other IDEs like IntelliJ IDEA, VS Code or Gitpod are attracting most new users. Even worse, more and more Eclipse users move away.
Being an Eclipse user for decades meanwhile I have learned to be productive with the Eclipse IDE, and still like it. But in the recent past, my projects required me to use other IDEs as well. And yes, the grass is greener on the other side.
So what makes those IDEs more attractive? Why do some developers hate Eclipse IDE and love others? Where does the Eclipse IDE need to improve and invest to be competitive in the future? Let’s find some answers by showing where the Eclipse Platform can learn from.