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NetBeans 4.0 vs Eclipse 3.01

Michael Greenberg

Joined: Dec 16, 2004
Posts: 5
I'm currently an Eclipse 3.01 user. I was talking to a co-worker about NetBeans 4.0 and he suggested I give it a try,so I was looking for anyone who had any comments/opinions about Netbeans 4.0 good or bad.

Jeroen Wenting
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
I've not used the final release version of Netbeans 4 so some things may be a bit different.
From my experience with beta 2 (which ships with JDK 5) I experience severe performance problems. It's a lot slower than Eclipse 3 and uses far more memory (which is probably the main cause of the performance problems as my machine is low on memory).

The user interface is nice.
Refactoring support though is limited compared to Eclipse.

The JSP editor is very nice and would be the main reason to use it over Eclipse if you don't have a good plugin for the latter.

If you use JDK 5 you cannot of course use Eclipse 3.0, but with 3.1M4 you now have full (or just about, maybe some obscure features aren't yet supported) capabilities for that too.
Eclipse 3.1 will also provide a performance boost over 3.0 (which is kinda slow compared to 2.1 but as I said faster than Netbeans 4).

Michael Greenberg

Joined: Dec 16, 2004
Posts: 5
One thing I did notice with using NetBeans briefly and that was performance seemed incredibly slow on my mac, but quite adequate on the PC. With Eclipse I really dont see (or notice) a performance hit on either platform.

When it comes to an IDE speed and ease of use are my big things. The one thing I love about Eclipse is that its almost like a one stop shop for me is why i like it so much.

Anyways, any other NetBeans thoughts are certainly welcome


Joined: Dec 21, 2004
Posts: 1
I have been using Netbeans for over a year now. I run it on my desktop (Athlon XP 2200 with 512mb ram). Performance is good. I have no problems whether I work with it on linux or windows.

If you are doing java web programming using jsp/servlets/jstl/struts/xml/ I highly recommend it. It includes rapid web development tools, code completiion support, built in database wizards, debugging the web and others. IMO Lomboz on eclipse is good but not as intelligent as Netbeans web tools. The next netbeans release (4.1) includes rapid dev't EJB support and should be very interesting.
Paulo Pontes

Joined: Dec 06, 2004
Posts: 20
At the moment I'm doing the opposite of Michael.

I use Netbeans for a long time, and now I'm giving a chance to eclipse.

eclipse have some good features for refactoring and import completion, but Netbeans Web development and desktop applicaions (swing)development tools makes Netbeans a better choice for me at the moment.

by the way, ecclipse cvs integration is better (couldn't get Netbeans's cvs to work with sourceforge) and it really IS faster.

I will keep using both for test purposes, but I really work with Netbeans
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