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Steve De Costa
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Joined: Jun 04, 2007
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I am trying to code in eclipse. However, (I'm guessing its just me) but I find eclipse too complicated. For example, I try to import some libraries and use them. But its doesn't work.

Though I'm still a beginner but when I initially learned Java (which was in 2002) I used J Builder and I really liked it.

Can Anyone tell me a good place to seek help for eclipse builder (Ideally I would just call someone and ask the question anytime I have trouble).

or can someone recommend a simpler IDE TO USE.
Tim McGuire
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Joined: Apr 30, 2003
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In addition to the import statement in the file, you need to add the library (the jar file) to the project build path. (right click on the project --> properties --> java build path --> libraries --> add JARs (or add External JARs)
Sonny Gill
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You will get different recommendations, but it is probably best to spend sometime with each IDE and see which one feels natural to you.
The other IDEs with most traction are IntelliJ IDEA and Netbeans. JBuilder is way behind these now. I am a happy user of IDEA

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Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
JBuilder is way behind these now.

The current version of JBuilder is, in fact, build on top of Eclipse.

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James Hambrick
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I have used JCreator and Netbeans. Since no one mentioned JCreator thought I would mention it. I have never heard of IDEA. Is it free or something you have to buy? JCreator is free so thats why I use it and Netbeans too. The people at my work use Eclipse so I should be trying to learn it. I tried using it once and did not get very far. I figure once I get used to Java I will then tackle a hard IDE like Ecplise.

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Oggi Olli
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Joined: Oct 11, 2007
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In my opinion Eclipse is not that difficult once you get used to it. Have a look at some of these Eclipse tutorials, see if you can get something out of it. [Flash Videos]

People seem to be really happy with them and they are at ground level.
[ November 19, 2007: Message edited by: Steinar Steinnes ]
Jens Eckels

Joined: May 15, 2006
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You may also want to think about giving MyEclipse a try. Some of the "complexities" of Eclipse are alleviated, as well as adding a mountain of additional options to add productivity without hassle.
Well-documented and supported as well, so you have a neck to wring. :-)

If you have any issues, please let me know.

Steve De Costa
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Joined: Jun 04, 2007
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Thank you sooooooo much Steiner and Jen,

Those eclipse videos are helpful.

After reviewing those, I will look into myeclipse to see if it makes life any easier.

Once agian, thanks guys.
Christopher Young
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Joined: Nov 02, 2007
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Is it possible to get the old-style console in Elcipse, rather than their version of the console at the bottom of the screen?

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Campbell Ritchie

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By "old-style console" do you mean a command prompt or terminal window? I don't think it is, since Eclipse uses javaw rather than java to start an application.
manuel aldana
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Joined: Dec 29, 2005
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i tried out IntelliJ at the beginning of the year and am using it at home always because it is just great. at work we use eclipse.

i recently wrote a blog post comparing both IDEs roughly and showing my first impressions, so have a short look.

haven't tried out Netbeans yet, but looking at articles and screenshots they are catching up with Eclipse and IntelliJ.

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