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Free j2ee ide and application server compatible with it

karthik saivarma

Joined: Jan 20, 2006
Posts: 7
Hai folks,

I am fed up trying with installing all application servers and ide on my laptop.The result is I am not ended up in doing or successful with any thing.Like with each of them i have installed i used to get some problem which was complex i could not solve them.So my whole time is spent only in seeing the compatibilities of ide and app servers..

My question is I want links of the ide which support ejb,web applications,xml parsisng and struts framework.Ide should be free one.
And also the application server which is free one..I dont want trial version.I want some thing which is stable to work at home.I just dont want to again install some thing after trial period is finished.

I have installed myeclipse for one month but i did not worked on it ,by the time i opened it again its subscription is i tried installing lomboz plugin..but i did not found it good...imean it dont have good documentation and tutorial...

Do any one of u have experienced with jboss ide and jboss server.I think they are opensource.How it would work.Is that fine without any errors ,issues..

Please tell me some links ,ide appserver names for working at home..i dont want trial versions...if u people have any experience please throw some light to me................

Thanks for ur help,

Jeroen T Wenting
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Joined: Apr 21, 2006
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Your problem seems to be a general lack of understanding of how to set up your system, which may be fueled by a general lack of understanding of the underlying technologies.

Without knowing that, you'll never successfully set up any development environment on your computer, especially a "free" one as those almost universally require a lot more configuration than the commercial offerings (which is one of the benefits of paying someone to do part of your work for you).

Jeanne Boyarsky
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The easiest way to get around incompatibilities is to use a plugin that is from a vendor. That doesn't happen with the free/cheap route. That said, many people have successfully used the free/cheap IDEs and App Servers.

You need JBoss or a similar "full" app server to get EJB support. Every IDE supports XML and Struts as you don't need a separate editor. There are good Eclipse plugins that add this support though. Search this forum for free Eclipse plugins.

Another idea: You say you want to work at home. Are you working for a company? Maybe they will pay for a commerical IDE.

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Masoud Kalali
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Joined: Jul 08, 2004
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It sounds that you need a free IDE that is thightly integrated with a free application server out of the box with support for j2ee applicatio development and Struts and ....

then you should take a look at :
Netbeans is the best option in free and opensource market for developing j2ee applications , it works fine with Sun application server and GlassFish , also support Jboss 4+ and Weblogic 9+ . here is the home of all downloads that it has :

this link will give you an IDE integrated with application server , you will need nothing just a JDK to use this bundle.

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Dibbo Khan
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Joined: Dec 19, 2004
Posts: 147
Hi Karthik,

There is a very good commercial IDE which is freely downloadable, non expiring and freely usuable for many purposes, check licensing details.

In fact it is my favorite Java IDE overall, Oracle 10g JDeveloper. Visit the website to download it.

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Jim You

Joined: Oct 28, 2005
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It's a boring thing to discuss which is the best choice of Java IDEs. Everyone has his own favoriate choice. But sometimes we have to choice a solution under deferent circumstances, just like you wanted, so I suggest JBoss + Eclipse + Eclipse Plugins for your condition.

If you don't want fastest speed and less memory usage, NetBeans or JDeveloper may be your another choice.
[ May 09, 2006: Message edited by: Jim You ]

Just do it.
louise rochford
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Joined: Apr 04, 2002
Posts: 119
I've been out of java dev for a year or so (defected to .net) & have been given the go ahead to investigate moving our work environments away from IBM & onto open source software.
We're currently using WSAD 5.1.1 & deploying onto WebSphere 5.1 running on linuz on a mainframe.
I've got Eclipse 3.1.2 running but it won't recognise my newly installed Sun appServer PE8.2. When you try to add a new server, it isn't listed as an option. Is there a plug in I need to get Eclipse to recognise the sun server, or are Eclipse & sun having an ongoing arguement & not supporting each other?

Most of our developments are just j2ee minus ejb, but some include ejb, so I'm guessing Tomcat on its own isnlt an option? Maybe this has changed now.

Any recommendations? Over the years I've successfully installed many an IDE & server, so I can figure out what to do, just don't know whats current.


P.s. it good to see Jeroen is still as up beat as ever
Lasse Koskela

Joined: Jan 23, 2002
Posts: 11962
Louise, Eclipse doesn't come off-the-shelf with support for managing/deploying to J2EE application servers. In other words, you probably need to look up a plugin to accomplish what you're looking at doing.

Personally, I'd probably go for the combination of JBossAS and the JBossIDE plugin for Eclipse.

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louise rochford
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Thanks for the info Lasse.
Although the standard Eclipse download doesn't have j2ee support, the wtp download does & is as easy to find / install as the basic package. I think this may be a new development - I'm sure you had to buy something like MyEclipse only last year.
I'll give jBoss a go...
Mr. C Lamont Gilbert
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Joined: Oct 05, 2001
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i used eclipse as its way better than netbeans. But when i was learning j2ee i was using netbeans and it supported j2ee very well, naturally since its a Sun product. I switched to eclipse around this time and though I found it much better, its j2ee support was lacking. this was 2-3 years ago I think.

probably eclipse has some plugins to better work with j2ee by now. If i had to do it today I would try to use eclipse.
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