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Diffs bw Eclipse and other IDEs

Alex Sharkoff
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Joined: Apr 11, 2004
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Hi all,

I have never used Eclipse IDE before. At work we use JBuilder and at home NetBeans (or notepad ).

I hear a lot of people saying that Eclipse is one of the best IDEs. I would greatly appreciate if someone could tell me the major advantages Eclipse has over JBuilder (apart from price as we bought the licences quite a while ago ) and its open source rival NetBeans.

Thanks a lot to all in advance.
[ June 23, 2004: Message edited by: Alex Sharkoff ]

Alex (SCJP 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCWCD 1.4, SCJD 1.4)
Tim West
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Joined: Mar 15, 2004
Posts: 539
This is a pretty broad topic. If you search through the archive for this list, you'll find countless "which IDE is best" threads which should help.

I've never used JBuilder, but what makes Eclipse stand out in general are its extensibility and plugin architecture and the fact that it's open-source/free and is under fast, active development.

In particular, vs. NetBeans, you lose built-in J2EE support (though there are plugins like Lomboz available - I'm not convinced it's as neat as the J2EE support for NetBeans.

Over NetBeans, Eclipse has better refactoring support, more plugins, better key shortcuts and to me still feels a lot more responsive. YMMV though.

Ko Ko Naing
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Joined: Jun 08, 2002
Posts: 3178
Brian has ever asked this question before... You may wanna have a look at this thread, in which Mr.Bill also explained why he chose Eclipse as his primary IDE....

Hope this helps also...

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