According to CNet, no one went to work yesterday at the headquarters of WebGain, the Symantec spin-off that makes the Java integrated development environment Visual Cafe.

The product and user base are strong enough for Visual Cafe to be acquired by another company if WebGain craters, but after using recent versions of Visual Cafe, Borland JBuilder and Sun ONE Studio (formerly Forte for Java), I think that Borland's software is easily the best of the three. I haven't had a chance to evaluate VisualAge for Java, Oracle JDeveloper, or any others -- most of my time is spent hacking at a command line with Sun's Java SDK.

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