For a long time Eclipse has been, in practice, the only widely used and supported IDE for developing OSGi applications. Both of the premier IDE plugins — namely Bndtools and the older PDE — supported only Eclipse. While some tooling existed in IntelliJ and NetBeans it was nowhere near as comprehensive or usable.
This wasn’t much of a problem for me personally. I have been a fan of Eclipse since I first saw it in the early 2000s, and indeed (more…)