Much has been said about how much containerization has changed how we deliver and operate the software. But at the same time, the tools such as IDEs have changed just as much. We’ve gone from heavyweight, thick client tools running on our desktops with all the possible features we might need to be incorporated into the IDE to a very lightweight core. Everything is a plug-in, and increasingly the browser is the delivery platform for it. 

We have also seen a trend of IDEs becoming free, if not open source, and you may be surprised to read that Oracle has been at the forefront of this in the Java space. You have to look at the contributions to Netbeans as an Apache project. JDeveloper has been free, and Oracle has made plugins freely available for Eclipse for a very long time. This tradition continues with the code for the latest VS Code plugins being freely available (Oracle Samples — GitHub repository).

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