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Best IDE

peter brews
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Joined: Jan 25, 2002
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which IDE is better for testing,optimizing and debugging Java applications.
nupur dhawan
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 71
NetBeans is a good option......simple to understand.
Textpad is another good one, it is freely downloadable .

Nupur. <br />SCJP2.
Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
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Have you tried to do a search for an answer? this question is asked on a regular basis and you'll probably get more info from a search than from asking it again.
At the botom of the page is a google search box, just type in your query and press search. You'll get plenty of answers.

Mapraputa Is
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Moving to "IDE's and other tools"...
Jamie Young
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Joined: Jun 19, 2001
Posts: 31
JBbuilder and JDK1.4 is what I would recomend as the best tools to use.
Eric Pressler

Joined: Jul 17, 2002
Posts: 21
If you ask 10 Java programmers which is best, you might get 10 different answers. Personal preferences play heavily here.
Isaias C. Barroso
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Joined: Jan 22, 2002
Posts: 165
I my opinion.
Pay - JBuilder
Free - Netbeans, JEdit , both have any plugins (CVS, Visual Source Safe, Jakarta Ant, Tomcat )

Luis Araujo

Joined: Aug 27, 2001
Posts: 6
This is usually a company option, not a developer option. Usually it is a strategic issue for the duo client/developer(as a company).
Nate Johnson
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I would agree with Luis... we use JB and have an educational discount for $100 a pop. Otherwise our strategic plan probably would have went in another direction

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john guthrie
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Joined: Aug 05, 2002
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I am using eclipse these days. This after my experiences with other IDEs (note I am only dealing with free versions of these)...
Forte - occasionally kills my X server (ouch)
JDeveloper - needs more firepower than I have
JBuilder6 - the free version has all the fancy stuff disabled. I hate that, it's like continually being taunted about what I could be using.
So it was eclipse by default. Having said that, I am getting to really really like eclipse. It catches all my stupid typos as I type them in. I don't like the ant support, way too many mouse clicks required (it generates a popup, in which I then have to click the target, then "go").
Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Originally posted by john guthrie:
So it was eclipse by default. [...] I don't like the ant support, way too many mouse clicks required (it generates a popup, in which I then have to click the target, then "go").

When you activate the "external tools" action set for a perspective, you get a new toolbarbutton where you can create launch configurations for your favorite ant targets...

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