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  1. #1
    Mark Guest

    Development environments


    I am new to Java and I need to set up, from scratch, a Java development, testing,
    and deployment environment. There are many products out there to choose
    from, but which ones should I definetly consider or stay away from? Some
    that I am aware of are...
    1. Power J - from Sybase
    2. Visual J++ - from Microsoft
    3. VisualAge for Java - from IBM
    4. JBuilder - from Borland
    5. JDesignerPro - from BulletProof
    6. VisualCafe - from WebGain (formerly Symantec)
    7. ?

    What are the opinions of those of you who have been in the business for awhile?

    Thanks for sharing your expertise!

    Mark

  2. #2
    Tom Duffy Guest

    Re: Development environments


    Hi Mark:

    I use Visual Cafe and am very happy with it. All of the products you list
    have their plusses and minuses - except for J++. IMHO, J++ isn't really
    a Java tool at all but a way to use an older, bastardized version of Java
    to write Windows/IE apps.

    Sun also has their own IDE called Forte. I've heard good and bad things
    about it.

    The only advice I can give you is to try as many as you can before you make
    a longterm decision.

    HTH,

    Tom Duffy

    "Mark" <msorteberg@inspec.com> wrote:
    >
    >I am new to Java and I need to set up, from scratch, a Java development,

    testing,
    >and deployment environment. There are many products out there to choose
    >from, but which ones should I definetly consider or stay away from? Some
    >that I am aware of are...
    >1. Power J - from Sybase
    >2. Visual J++ - from Microsoft
    >3. VisualAge for Java - from IBM
    >4. JBuilder - from Borland
    >5. JDesignerPro - from BulletProof
    >6. VisualCafe - from WebGain (formerly Symantec)
    >7. ?
    >
    >What are the opinions of those of you who have been in the business for

    awhile?
    >
    >Thanks for sharing your expertise!
    >
    >Mark



  3. #3
    Ilana Guest

    Re: Development environments


    Mark,

    One IDE that you should certainly try is Simplicity for Java. IMHO, it is
    the easiest to use for doing simple things like creating GUIs and applets.
    The interface of Simplicity is very easy to look at and to get around -
    everything on the screen is large and well-labeled. I hate squinting at
    the monitor. Anyway, the automatic code device is also excellent - it asks
    the questions in real English, not modified Java-speak, and then actually
    writes the code for you. In some of the others, the coding devices just
    help you find where to place your own code. If you want to do database integration
    or servlet development, check out Simplicity Professional, which costs a
    bit more.

    Also, Simplicity has a much smaller footprint than many of these other IDEs,
    especially Forte and JBuilder, which take a supercomputer to run at a reasonable
    speed.

    Try Simplicity at www.datarepresentations.com

    Ilana


    "Mark" <msorteberg@inspec.com> wrote:
    >
    >I am new to Java and I need to set up, from scratch, a Java development,

    testing,
    >and deployment environment. There are many products out there to choose
    >from, but which ones should I definetly consider or stay away from? Some
    >that I am aware of are...
    >1. Power J - from Sybase
    >2. Visual J++ - from Microsoft
    >3. VisualAge for Java - from IBM
    >4. JBuilder - from Borland
    >5. JDesignerPro - from BulletProof
    >6. VisualCafe - from WebGain (formerly Symantec)
    >7. ?
    >
    >What are the opinions of those of you who have been in the business for

    awhile?
    >
    >Thanks for sharing your expertise!
    >
    >Mark



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