I also use JDeveloper 9; just upgraded to 10g. I really like it a lot. But then I keep hearing about this Eclipse thing, so I decided to try it. I really like this IDE as well. One thing that I like better about Eclipse is it seems a lot lighter and uses about half the memory of JDeveloper.
As far as your question goes, I suspect Oracle will continue to develop this product. Other free IDEs have been around for a while now, and they seem to still be developing strong on this product.
Barry, i was mainly interested in being able to find classes to use based on their signatures!
So if i find that i need to use an XML class that returns a byte, i can then search all of the APIs and find all of the classes that use a byte as input and then go thru that list and try to logically figure out which class to use!
Or maybe scan the comments to find references to classes that way, does this sound like a logical approach to finding out which class to use in some cases.....or are you talking about searching finished code for information?