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What is the "best" IDE?

Andree Charfen
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Joined: Mar 24, 2004
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Hi everyone. I am working on my SCBCD certification. Now.. I want to also know which is the preferred IDE for developing Beans. Is it Eclipse? JCreator? What are developers using for this and Java?

Thank you in advance...

yeeeehhhhaaaaaa<br />(riding the JVM)
Keerthi P
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Joined: Aug 19, 2003
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I don't recommend using IDEs while preparing for SCBCD. IDEs generate most of the EJB code for you and then leaves "// Put you code here" portions for you to fill in. For SCBCD it is really important that you know everything that goes into EJBs completely. Letting IDE do this is not a good idea. Initially you should do all, even writing deployment descriptors, by yourself. That way you can remember a lot at the back of your head. Later when you get more experienced use some IDEs like NetBeans 4.1 With Sun Java System Application Server 8.x and Websphere Studio Application Developer 5.x or 6.x.
[ April 27, 2005: Message edited by: Keerthi P ]

Cheers.<br />Keerthi<br />(SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD)
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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You can use Eclipse for general Java Stuff like syntax highlighting and building your application by using ANT (Also a perspective in Eclipse).
These building and organizing project stuff is tedious when done by hand.

BUT you should not use any plug-ins for EJB if you really want to understand and score good marks in SCBCD.

In production enviornments you can use NetBeans/WSAD/Eclipse with Lomboz

Panah Rad

Joined: Apr 15, 2005
Posts: 24
I have tried many IDEs and the best overall IDE is of course the Visual Studio 2005 Enterprise architect. Believe me it is But since we are talking about J2ee and EJB, go with JBuilder 2005 Enterprise if you can get it or if not then get Sun Java Studio Creator (You can download a free 20 something day trial) which should be enough if you are planning to take your certification fast. Eclipse is pretty good too, but JBuilder 2005 is the best of all above in my opinion with Sun Studio Creator close second. IDEA Intellj is distant third.

Panah. R

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Roger Chung-Wee
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Joined: Sep 29, 2002
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This may be helpful.

SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.3, SCBCD 1.3
Andree Charfen
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Joined: Mar 24, 2004
Posts: 32
Thank you for everyones help. I will check out your options.
arunij katiliyar

Joined: Mar 09, 2005
Posts: 26
Hi ,
The best ide amongst the ones that i have worked with is intellij idea . Howeever if you are working with websphere theres no better IDE than WSAD . If you dont want to buy any IDE then eclipse would suit you

Dibbo Khan
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Joined: Dec 19, 2004
Posts: 147
There are 2 freely downloadable industrial grade IDES out there. Oracle 10g JDeveloper and BEA Weblogic 8.1. Both of these are fully J2EE compliant and the trial downloaded versions never expire. or

I am surprised no one else has heard of or suggested these.

MCPD (Enterprise Application Developer, Windows Developer, Web Developer - .NET 2.0), MCTS (Windows Apps, Web Apps and Disbributed Applications - .NET 2.0), MCITP (Database Developer & Business Intelligence Developer - SQL Server 2005), MCAD,, SCJP 5, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD, SCMAD, SCDJWS, SCJA
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