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  1. #1
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    May 2005

    Best IDE for Java

    Which do u guys think is the best IDE for Java programming so far? I'm a Java newbie and i'm looking for an IDE, i'm currently using NetBeans 4.1 that comes with the JDK.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    In my opinnion, there's not really one IDE that's best.
    It's all about personal preference, and what you need at a certain time.
    That being said, the first IDE you get serious with is probably the one you will find easiest to work with etc. Since you've spent a lot of time getting to know it. Every other IDE after that feels akward, since you need to learn it all over again.

  3. #3
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    May 2005
    I've heard ppl saying that Eclipse is quite good and its quite intuitive...true?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    I have seen some people struggling w. eclipse in this forum.

    I wholeheartedly recommend Jbuilder 10. It covers the lot, and is developed in
    cooperation w. the sun java developers. Its not free, but when you start it up
    you will quickly understand why.

    I've tried others, including Eclipse, SilverStream (shudder) and even an
    early attempt by MS (haha), they are dwarfs compared to JBuilder.
    Last edited by sjalle; 07-19-2005 at 10:19 AM.
    eschew obfuscation

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    I personally use Eclipse and love it to no end. I have never tried JBuilder though, and would like to know what features it has to compensate the cost. I will explain why I like Eclipse though:
    Automatic real time, non compile error checking
    Will display a list of method that can be used for every class
    Very easy package creation
    Ability to create jar files
    Decent plug-ins.

    These are only some of the features that I love in Eclipse, for a more extensive list, I recomend visiting www.eclipse.org.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    JBuilder has all of that and a lot more, like atogenerated UML diagrams that you click to access the source,
    you can make a DataModule (using the datamodule designer) and have JBuilder generate the entire application,
    code insight (of course), templates (code entire methods/loops etc. w. a keystroke,
    atogenerated code history with as many revisions stored as you choose with
    difference detection, project wide editor (change classnames/variable names/method
    names all over), web application generator w. Tomcat server for servlet/applet testing,
    a design/source setup that allows you to enter your own code and use the design
    tool in the mix you choose, code checkout/checkin for project source management,
    SQL tool, bean generator, select a code block and isolate it in a method with parameters
    and all, failproof jar bulder, a bunch of wizards, etc. etc.

    I was struggling w. SilverStream (yuk) once and JBuilder included all its
    libraries with a couple of keystrokes.

    I guess I'm just using a fragment of all its capabilities.

    Must stop now, or else this will turn into an ad.....
    Last edited by sjalle; 07-24-2005 at 06:05 PM.
    eschew obfuscation

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    i am a beginner, i use JCreator Pro

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    I have been using DevSquare for a while, its quite impressive and really useful for beginners. Just try it out at www.devsquare.com

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