Hi, I am using a mixture of Eclipse and Homesite 4.5.1 and I must say that I am satisfied (No, I am not paid by IBM ). JBuilder or Forte might be equally good or better, but I don't know them so well.
Most useful features for me so far are: - I see all methods and member-variables of my classes in a overview-window. - time saving interface to jump to compilation- errors. - I can access to all classes of a project through a windows-explorer like tree structure inside the tool. - I can change method names automatically in whole project through refactoring feature. - context sensitive these_methods_are_possible here_selectbox (know there is another name for that, cant remember ) - Html writing is much faster if you have a good tool. And writing of css is much easier. Will upgrade to WebSphere Application Designer in the weeks to come, because its better and I have access to licence through company. 6 month ago I was a great follower of the the-more-easy-the-tool-better theory. But that changed. It really helps to save time and to retain overview. Of course a tool does not save you from learning the specs-stuff. But I think tools will come up with new really usefull features in the months to come. Saw some presentation about how to generate xslt, entity beans, sql-code with gui-tools of WebSphere Application designer. Although I cant remember anything it was really impressive. They are including auto-generating of Design-Pattern conform code in the tools. And because of pressure from Microsoft I think they will really try to fullfill their promises to not lock me to a specific j2ee server with the tool.
What do you use? What do you think? Axel [ March 09, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ] [ March 09, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]