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Netbean vs Eclipse--which one has better plugin environment?

Po-yu Chien
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Joined: Nov 01, 2001
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I have actually developed a web application with Eclipse, and all I have to say is that it should be the best developement environment after IDEA(which is not free). Due to large amount of 3rd party plugin, I`m evaluating Netbeans too, which IMO is a pretty swing ide, however not so clear and concise in certain field compared to IDEA and Eclipse. But with so many 3rd party tools, should I get the conclusion that Netbeans has a better plugin environment? I`d like to hear some advice, how do you think about Eclipse vs Netbeans plugin development methodology etc.
Rick Reumann
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Joined: Apr 03, 2001
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I really like both Eclipse and NetBeans. (Loved IDEA but my trial ran out and can't afford 400 bucks unfortunately). NetBeans is way more feature packed than Eclipse (from what I can tell), although there are a lot of 3rd party plugins for Eclipse. The one thing I like most about Eclipse vs NetBeans is that Eclipse does seem to run a lot crisper on my windows machine.
Barry Gaunt
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Joined: Aug 03, 2002
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What kind of plugins does Eclipse lack?
What would be most useful to you?
The reason I ask is because I am going to an
"Eclipse" plugin code-camp in December and I could
perhaps discuss some of your ideas with fellow participants (including Erich Gamma).
-Barry


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Sam Kebab
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Joined: Jan 23, 2002
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Gee thanks Barry. I am new to Eclipse and some features i might mention may already be provided but i can't find them.
Anyhow I wish Eclipse would have:
1)xml, jsp, javascript editor -- with code completion. Code completion pop-up to include the latest jsp, including jstl1.0, and the programmer defined beans that are within the project.
2)SWT gui tool for rapid dev't with all the drop down widgets eg buttons, etc.
3)EJB wizards, UML design tool, and tight integration with Webshpere, Weblogic, and JBoss.
ps. I also wish they (anyone) would rate the 3rd party tools. I downloaded one free plug-in and was really dissappointed.
Thanks again. And send my thanks to the Eclipse team.
Ilja Preuss
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Originally posted by Sam Kebab:
Gee thanks Barry. I am new to Eclipse and some features i might mention may already be provided but i can't find them.

You should probably take a look at http://eclipse-plugins.2y.net/ ...
Searching for "eclipse" on sf.net might even give you some more plugins, though not as well organized.

1)xml, jsp, javascript editor -- with code completion. Code completion pop-up to include the latest jsp, including jstl1.0, and the programmer defined beans that are within the project.

Well, there are some in development, a few of them already in a usable state. They certainly would like to hear your feature requests...

2)SWT gui tool for rapid dev't with all the drop down widgets eg buttons, etc.

Also at least one in development, afair, though I don't know about it's current state.

3)EJB wizards, UML design tool, and tight integration with Webshpere, Weblogic, and JBoss.

All this can be found at the above mentioned link. (Well, not sure about the EJB wizard, to be honest.)

ps. I also wish they (anyone) would rate the 3rd party tools. I downloaded one free plug-in and was really dissappointed.

A voting feature is on the wishlist of the site. Till then you might want to take a look at the comments.
Hope this helps...


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Rick Reumann
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I'm yet to find a JSP editor plugin that works well with Eclipse. I installed that Lomboz plugin for j2ee stuff and it is very confusing and annoying (not just because confusing). It only seems to have code completion if you use this lomboz directory that it creates. It's frustrating when IDE's start creating directories etc for you. That is one thing I like about NetBeans is it seems to integerate nicely with your exisiting file structure. With Eclipse when I set up a project I have to go an delete folders I don't need (work folder when creating a tomcat project).
I still haven't figured out to get a nice Ant plugin working on Eclipse (Then again maybe I'm just and idiot
 
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