This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Ryan Lowe's post in the editor topic got me thinking about the new IDE upcoming in Panther. Has anyone got ahold of the Panther Dev Preview and had a chance to play with XCode? The info at the Apple Site is tantalizing, but far from complete. It'd be great to hear from someone who's actually tried to use it (in whatever state it is currently at) for Java development. bear
I briefly got a chance to play with it, but it was more of a *demo* situation. One of the coolest things about it, IMHO, is the manner in which it farms out compilations automatically. Java is one of the many supported languages, but I only got to look at Objective-C. It has all of the usual features you would get with BBEdit, SlickEdit, or Eclipse, and also the always intuitive apple interface. Of course, it is also supposed to integrate very well with WebObjects. So if you're an apple shop, or just apple friendly, it should provide significant productivity enhancemnets
Well, I'm most certainly Apple-friendly, but I'm a J2EE shop so I spend most of my time with my head buried in JSPs, servlets, and pure Java classes. My GUI is provided by the browsers (pity me). So I'd be most interested in how it handles things like: code indexing and completion, source tree browsing, refactoring support, macro/learn sequences, and a whole slew of other IDE-ish sorts of things like that. JSP support would be a great boon, but I'm sure that'd be over some line. Guess we'll all have to wait until the next update to know more. Ryan, do you (or anyone) have a clue as to when the next devo preview will be and who it will be available to? bear [ August 06, 2003: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
I’ve looked at a lot of different solutions, and in my humble opinion Aspose is the way to go. Here’s the link: http://aspose.com