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Karen Gomes
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Joined: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 60
Hello everyone,

I have to use an IDE for myself and given this choice all to myself I need to know what are your experiences with
1] JBuilder
2] Eclipse-MyEclipse
or any other you've used
(except WSAD by IBM .... due to cost reasons)

I'll be using it for core java, JSP, servlets, java beans, EJB, MQ and web-services.

Features-wise what would you recommend ?

Jeroen Wenting
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
JBuilder and Eclipse are both excellent choices.
JBuilder has tighter integration with application servers and more wizards and code assistance for things like EJB but only if you use one of the supported application servers.
It's also a lot more polished than is Eclipse but that is changing.

I switched to Eclipse from JBuilder when I couldn't afford to upgrade and the company wasn't willing to pay for it either.
As I don't use most of the advanced features anyway I don't care much. Eclipse does all I want it to do.

I do mainly Servlets and JSP.

Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
... also WSAD is based on eclipse, which costs money and have very good integration and tools with Websphere J2EE server.

There are also lots of extra plug-ins for application servers, all with different kind of bugs or maybe I am just to stupid or lazy.

Now IBM has started open Source WTP initiative which I find very interesting. Though this stuff isn't perfect yet, it offers promising an extra layer for eclipse specifically targeted on enterprise stuff (RDBMS, XML, J2EE, Webservices, etc.).
Tip: Unzip the in a directory D:\temp\eclipse
Among the unziped files there is another zip, which you should unzip in the folder of the Eclipse3.0.
(procedure not explained properly on Website).
... or wait for next release.

I have started playing with it. There are some annoyances, but again, it is usefull and makes sense. Especially for people with WSAD experience, because its very similar.
[ August 04, 2004: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
I agree. Here's the link:
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