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Why should I switch to Eclipse?

Erwin Heil
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It's more and more known that Eclipse is a very good IDE, but also not so easy to use like NetBeans or JBuilder... so probably it takes some effort to get familar with.
Is it worth the trouble?
What are the big differences, the specific features that make Eclipse so popular?
Ko Ko Naing
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Originally posted by Erwin Heil:
What are the big differences, the specific features that make Eclipse so popular?


because it is totally free... And it got a lot of plug-ins to try, when comparing with (free)NetBeans IDE. But its default features cannot be compared with the full-blown IDEs like JBuilder and WebSphere Studio...

So the trouble may be worth with free of charge...


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Jeroen Wenting
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I switched to Eclipse because I wanted a better XML and JSP editor than was offered by the version of JBuilder I had and I couldn't afford to upgrade.

As I don't use 90% or more of the features of JBuilder anyway the choice was easy, Eclipse with a few plugins does all I need it to and this way I saved myself an expensive upgrade.


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Glenn Castro
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Our company uses Eclipse in developing our software applications because its a freeware. But still, I'm having a difficulty using this IDE.


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Lasse Koskela
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What kind of difficulty, Glenn?


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Ko Ko Naing
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Originally posted by Lasse Koskela:
What kind of difficulty, Glenn?


I think it would be plugins installation difficulty, that is bugging Glenn on Eclipse... If we got idea how to install the plugins properly, it would not be a big deal...
somkiat puisungnoen
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Reason for use eclipse
1. Free
2. I thing eclipse IDE is normal IDE , easy to use .
3. I can add plug-in to eclipse, easy to add plug-in
4. I like organze import option (fully import) very much.
5. In eclipse 3.0RC3 have very good lok&feel and more options.

But in later eclipse is use more resource than older version such as memory, cpu .. etc ....


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Ko Ko Naing
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Umm...BTW,this thread intensively discusses about the reason why people switch to use Eclipse rather than others...

But if $$$ is not an issue for you guys, there are many powerful IDEs out there in the market as well with built-in plugins... So everything's up to the budget of the project...
Manfred Mueller
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Hello all,

using the IntelliJ IDEA - which my company paid for, so it's just like free to me - I don't miss any of the features you mentioned in this thread.

I think it is necessary to gain some experience with Eclipse due to its popularity as an investment in my "knowledge portfolio" as recommended by the Pragmatic Programmers (Hi, Andy & Dave!). It adds to my professional expertise and might be useful if I am going to work on another job.

But at the moment I am glad with the IDEA. What might completely change my mind is if the CDT did a big leap forward and got only half as useful and usable as the Java part of Eclipse. That is what I'm longing for: an integrated Java-and-Cplusplus-Environment with a uniform look-and-feel so we could finally kick that odd VisualC++ out of our machines...

I keep on dreaming...

Regards,
Manfred
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Manfred Mueller:
Hello all,
But at the moment I am glad with the IDEA. What might completely change my mind is if the CDT did a big leap forward and got only half as useful and usable as the Java part of Eclipse. That is what I'm longing for: an integrated Java-and-Cplusplus-Environment with a uniform look-and-feel so we could finally kick that odd VisualC++ out of our machines...

I keep on dreaming...

Regards,
Manfred


There are several C++ plugins for Eclipse with which to realise your dreams. Of course you'll still need VC++ for the compiler (or another C++ compiler).

Or go with Borland. C++ Builder and JBuilder have pretty much the same user interface.
[ June 24, 2004: Message edited by: Jeroen Wenting ]
Ko Ko Naing
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:

Or go with Borland. C++ Builder and JBuilder have pretty much the same user interface.


Jeroen, r u also a big fan or JBuilder? I am! It seems like we need to know about one more IDE, which is pretty cheaper or free, when compared to JBuilder... The fact that I can use JBuilder is that my company is using it as the whole team environment... If it is for personal use, of course, I cannot afford... That's why I am trying to play around with Eclipse these days as well as WebSphere Trial Edition coming along with Howard's IBM 287 book...

I used to try C++ Builder before, but I do prefer MS VC++, which seems more familiar for me, even though I used to write Java programs in JBuilder... I do use MS VC++ for the master study at the university, which they got in the lab as university edition...
 
 
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