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what development tools are you using for j2ee?

Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
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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?
[ March 09, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
[ March 09, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Ashik Uzzaman
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 2373

I started with JBuilder but switched to Forte for Java Community Edition finding it really interesting with lots of features. Continuing that in my job...

Ashik Uzzaman
Senior Software Engineer, TubeMogul, Emeryville, CA, USA.
Gennady Shapiro
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Joined: Sep 25, 2001
Posts: 196
The most important thing to me is server-side debugging. With JBuilder 6 I can debug EJB or servlet code deployed on a remote Weblogic server.
This is pricess.
I agree. Here's the link:
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