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what IDE my company need ?

Alvin chew
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Joined: Jan 08, 2004
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hi, good day , we have a project which based on struts framework, jboss , oracle, can someone suggest on which IDE we need

some staffs have suggested on eclipse..but i guess eclipse need a good plugin right ? what are the plugin that we need for our case ?

i have some experience on netbeans, but somehow i feel it a bit slow, my suggested alternative would be intellij IDE

i just hope can get some idea from expert here , what are the best tools we should get ? thank you very much for your valuable comments
Jeanne Boyarsky
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StrutsConsole is a good plugin for Eclipse. There are a few others. Try searching this forum for their names.

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Jeroen Wenting
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Either Eclipse with some good plugins or JBuilder 2005 (Pro or Enterprise depending on whether you use EJB) would be ideal.

Personally JBuilder has my preference but the cost makes it impossible in this company (everything can cost almost whatever you want except software, and that in a software shop...).

Kinjal Sonpal
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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Also consider MyEclipseIde. It's a big plugin for Eclipse having most functionalities a typical J2EE application developer may require. Some of the features that I like most is hot deployment, deployment to as many servers as required, decent struts support, decent DB browser. $29 per seat per year is a pretty thin bill to the manager.


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Jeroen Wenting
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MyEclipseIDE is nice but rather restrictive. It forces specific application directory structures, especially when working with web applications.
It also looses a lot of its functionality if you're not using Struts...
Alvin chew
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so what is the best plugin so far for the eclipse IDE ?
Paul Sturrock

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"Best"? It depends entirely on what you want it to do. The RegEx tester plugin is very useful for example. But its useless when it comes to deploying apps to JBoss.

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Stevica Vucicevic

Joined: Jan 07, 2005
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Eclipse is a fine tool, but as you see there is always a hustle and bustle about those fu... plugins!

I was programming C/C++ for a couple of years and on the .NET Framework using the Visual Studio Products and so I was really spoiled by the functionalities and comfort it offers and so I evaluated a lot of IDEs for Java/J2EE when changing to JAVA starting with Eclipse, Visual Age, Net Beans ...
and I would recommend you JBuilder 9 or JBuilder 2005. They are really comfortable and easy adaptable!

cheers stevica
Alvin chew
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but i think jbuilder take many resources like memory as compare to other IDE right ?

what if our company select intellJ IDE ? i still need plugin ? or is it a complete set ?
Jon Bricker

Joined: Feb 28, 2003
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Have you looked at IntelliJ? It is one of the best IDEs I've ever used for deveopment. TogetherJ was a very good one. If that is what the JBuilder 2005 is going to it would be good but expensive.
Chris Johnston
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Joined: Dec 13, 2004
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On this topic, what is a good plugin for Eclipse for J2EE development. I have tried Lomboz, but I have never really been able to get it to work. I have also tried netbeans 4.0 and 4.1 and although the J2EE integration is very nice, I have some problems with other features (I still can't figure out how to run a junit test from within the ide).

What is the best plugin for a shop that is looking to do J2EE (session beans, message driven beans) development mixed with hibernate?
Tim Holloway
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Plugins are extensions designed to assist in some specific task. No program can be all things to all people - or if it was, it would be enormous, take forever to write, and be impossible to maintain. Instead there's plugins that various people have created to solve their specific problems withhout having to wait on (and pay for) customizations from the vendor.

IntelliJ supports plugins as well, but they're no compatible with the Eclipse plugins, and Eclipse has had more plugins contributed. Though what actually matters isn't how many plugins, but whther or not you can get your work done.

An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
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