NetBeans vs. The Welkin Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetBeans
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
NetBeans is a free and open source platform and integrated development environment (IDE).N/A
The Welkin Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
The Welkin Suite offers an integrated development environment with 105 features (and growing). The vendor aims to help you automate the chores of development, and therefore enhance your coding velocity and increase the quality of your deliverable code.
$12.50
per month
Pricing
NetBeansThe Welkin Suite
Editions & Modules
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Professional
$12.50
per month billed annually
Offerings
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NetBeansThe Welkin Suite
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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NetBeansThe Welkin Suite
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NetBeansThe Welkin Suite
Small Businesses
PyCharm
PyCharm
Score 8.9 out of 10
PyCharm
PyCharm
Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
PyCharm
PyCharm
Score 8.9 out of 10
PyCharm
PyCharm
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
PyCharm
PyCharm
Score 8.9 out of 10
PyCharm
PyCharm
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
NetBeansThe Welkin Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(22 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(4 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetBeansThe Welkin Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
NetBeans is extremely user friendly and easy to start developing complex applications. Adding and configuring external libraries is much simpler than in Eclipse. It is highly cost effective and most of the latest framework based libraries required are automatically downloaded to the projects. The overall tool is also light weight and consumes less memory as compared to other competitor tools.
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The Welkin Suite
The Welkin Suite is a great IDE compared to the alternatives out there. If you need to code in Salesforce and you want a mostly seamless environment, then The Welkin Suite is the best option available, in my opinion. I have also been using it for Apex Tests and find that the tools are really good for measuring code coverage and highlighting those areas that are uncovered.
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Pros
Open Source
  • Debugging - Save time hunting down errors by stepping through the code to find the root of a problem.
  • Refactoring - Easily rename classes and variables or make other structural changes using built-in refactoring tools.
  • Service management - NetBeans integrates seamlessly with web application servers like Tomcat and GlassFish.
  • Source control - Works well with Git and other version control tools.
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The Welkin Suite
  • Local History - Without having to setup GitHub this has been a time saver!
  • AutoComplete
  • Saves the entire project at once
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Cons
Open Source
  • NetBeans [should] work smoothly with systems having less RAM. Systems with less RAM face trouble with NetBeans.
  • File open history also requires improvement. Once NetBeans is restarted, all files are closed automatically and there is no shortcut to open last opened files.
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The Welkin Suite
  • It would be nice if IDE feature releases were timed to coincide with Salesforce releases (i.e. make Lightning Web Components available on the day they become available in Salesforce instances).
  • The IDE can be a bit buggy especially when you have several windows of the IDE open to different Salesforce instances at the same time on one machine.
  • Sometimes, when you click to retrieve your data too soon, before the program has a chance to ask you to connect to the instance, it can cause the IDE to freeze.
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Usability
Open Source
Netbeans enhances my coding work, shows me where I have errors and helps find variable instances. I would be lost without find/replace in projects functionality as I use projects as templates for new projects. Occasionally the code hints aggravate me, but I understand that it is actually making me a better coder, working to get the 'green light' of a clean file with no errors or clumsy code.
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The Welkin Suite
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Open Source
NetBeans has a very strong user community. We can find solutions here for almost all the problems we face. In addition, we can forward NetBeans Support teams the problems we cannot solve. We can get quick feedback from the support teams, but I generally try to solve my problems by following the forums.
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The Welkin Suite
In general, when you need support there is someone there to give you an answer. I think there could be an improvement in this area, but it's hard to provide a substantial amount of support for a product that is charging roughly $15 a month. Do I feel I get more than $15 worth of support value when I need to request it? Yes.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
It works very smoothly as compared to other tools . The problem of restarting and reimporting the projects is not in the netbeans IDE . The front end development features are good . Netbeans connector is one of the best thing which enables us to deeply integrate netbeans IDE with google chrome browser
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The Welkin Suite
It's much faster than Eclipse
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • By working on Netbeans I just learned one more tool and can teach others about it. One should learn every tool so that it might help someday if another editor is not available and you have to use different software for your work.
  • Compiling code became easy as it is not a feature of normal text editors. Only IDE can do this.
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The Welkin Suite
  • The ability to recover and compare to local history
  • Reliable vs. open source alternatives!
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