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Which is the best IDE?

Ron Daenzer
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Which is the best IDE (Integrated Development Environment)?
miguel lisboa
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mine
now seriously: if you do a search in these forums you'll find lots of extensive discussions on this subject; i like eclipse


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Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Ron Daenzer:
Which is the best IDE (Integrated Development Environment)?


That's like asking "what's the best car?" It can't be answered without knowing what you are looking for, and even then you will get a lot of different answers from different people.

The most *popular* are definitely Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA, probably closely followed by Netbeans and JBuilder.


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Roger Chung-Wee
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For most people, there is no need to pay for an IDE when the free ones like eclipse are so good. This can apply especially to those who work for corporates, whose procedures for approving expenditure can be awkward to say the least.

I used to use NetBeans up to about three years ago, but found it sluggish on my PC which then had 128Mb of RAM. Switching to eclipse provided faster response, and I've stayed with it since.


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If you are learning Java, then have a look at BlueJ.


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Sheng Gu
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If you want to pay $3000-7000, the IBM RAD 6.0 is best. If you want a free one and also J2EE features, the Oracle JDeveloper will be the best. (Based on my experience)
Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Sheng-He Gu:
If you want to pay $3000-7000, the IBM RAD 6.0 is best. If you want a free one and also J2EE features, the Oracle JDeveloper will be the best. (Based on my experience)


Best for what needs?
basha khan
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Originally posted by Sheng-He Gu:
If you want to pay $3000-7000, the IBM RAD 6.0 is best. If you want a free one and also J2EE features, the Oracle JDeveloper will be the best. (Based on my experience)


Oracle JDeveloper is FREE?.
Mr. C Lamont Gilbert
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I also graduated from Netbeans to Eclipse. Both as an IDE and as a platform for my own applications.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Charles' response is his other thread.
The other I saw a posting asking for an IDE evaluation; however, I can't find it anymore.
A few days ago, I prepared such a sheet and I would like to post here as an answer to your query. Here it is:

IDE Editor Evaluation-Oct.2.05
File Server \\586\E\Data\Java-doc\*.*
----------------------------------------------
Best #1: TextPAD : - Good for WIN-98 and WIN-XP
- to create and edit programs � good
- to print programs : good but black only
- to see Line numbers > go to View > Line numbers
- You can even print programs with line numbers
in black only
- To Compile: Go to Tools> Compile (Good)
- If it compiles, program shows up on screen
- If compile does not work: you get �Printable
Command Results�
- To RUN program: Go to Tools> Run Java
Application
or Run Java Applet
- For difficult �Copy/Paste� in Websites with
Netscape: very good
- Under File> Manage File: you can copy, delete
or rename a file

#2 : Netbeans 4.1: - to create & to edit programs
- No �Save as� available, which is rather
annoying
- NetBeans 4.1 is good for WIN-XP, but not for
WIN-98 (too slow)
- Good to print programs in color with line
numbers
- COMPILE and RUN are good


#3 ConTEXT: - Good for WIN-98 and WIN-XP
- To create and edit programs (�Save as� is
available)
- To print programs in color, with \\AMD +
Networked \\586
-For line Numbers: Go to Options>
Environment.> Editor>Line #
-Line numbers are only available on screen,
not for Print
-Drawback: no COMPILE nor RUN available, use DOS-BOX


#4 : DOS Box or MS-DOS Editor for LFNames = to Compile and RUN programs: good.

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This is my 2 cents worth..... Charles

[ October 10, 2005: Message edited by: Jeanne Boyarsky ]

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Bert Maki
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TextPad can print in color, not just black.
Configure > Preferences > Document Classes > Java > Printing
Check the "In color" checkbox.
Layne Lund
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NetBeans DOES have Save As... (kind of). You do this by right clicking on a file, then going to Refactor->Rename. This is actually much more powerful than a simple Save As because it not only changes the name of the file, but also changes the name of the public class and its constructors!

Cool, eh?

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John Richards
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I like the Zeus. It has the the standard set of programmers editor features like syntax highlighting, code folding etc. But it also has some nice extras like CVS integration and a nice class browsing
Nawar Gailani
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I got used to eclipse and i use also Crimson editor (free) for fast editing or any other task that i don't want to make it with eclipse. I tried many 'heavy' and 'light' ones and for now i stayed with those two 'at home'. Later (when i reach J2EE level) i will use IBM websphere studio 5 (in order to get certified with IBM and also because it is based on eclipse, so i don't need to learn and get used with another IDE).
'At work' i was lucky (when i was employed) to choose any 'free' one i like. But i know some others don't have the right to choose, as the company developers already using one.
I don't think there is 'best' IDE. it depends on our needs, and our tastes sometimes (if we have the right to choose). Every IDE or editor shines in some aspects so till you try them, you won't know what is the 'best'.
And what is the 'best' for you, doesn't mean it must be the 'best' for me.
Jay Albano
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----*****----
POSTED BY NAWAR

I don't think there is 'best' IDE. it depends on our needs, and our tastes sometimes (if we have the right to choose). Every IDE or editor shines in some aspects so till you try them, you won't know what is the 'best'.
And what is the 'best' for you, doesn't mean it must be the 'best' for me.
----*****----

Yep, i do agree with him. I used to do my programming with JCreator, i have been used to it. I have tried netBeans but it was sluggish in my machine (my RAM was only 128MB). Forte' ... i don't feel like it. As far as i have tried (during my internship), Visual Cafe' was really great -- but was not free ..TT..! I haven't tried eclipse though.

Still, just use what best suite your taste. HAppy Java Programming.


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vasu maj
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If budget is not a constraint, IntelliJ IDEA is the best IDE money can buy.


What a wonderful world!
Mr. C Lamont Gilbert
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Originally posted by vasu maj:
If budget is not a constraint, IntelliJ IDEA is the best IDE money can buy.


And Eclipse is the best money can not
Sabarish Sasidharan
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WSAD/Rational XDE are both good


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Mateus Hooker
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Eclipse. No Contest.
Joern Soerensen
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I can only say try Netbeans 5.0 beta

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I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
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