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Vinnie Jenks
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Joined: Apr 26, 2004
Posts: 207
Hi all. I'm rather new to the java world and as some (or all) of us know - the tools you use on the job can make or break which technology you use, at least in the enterprise.

My company is a heterogenious environment w/ a mix of C++, C#, VB, .NET, Java, etc.

We're looking to set Java as a common language across all business units and as lead programmer, it's my job to pick the tools.

I love Eclipse, I think it's probably the best IDE I've ever laid my eyes on. I've been using the WTP plugins and getting along...well..*okay*...but I'm having enough problems to realize that this isn't going to be a sell to my boss...even if it *is* free. It's missing enough to make it unusable in our environment - where there simply is no time for buggy IDEs.

I've been looking at MyEclipse and as far as their marketing looks to be very promising...and cheap!

Can anyone give me some good words on MyEclipse? The price is right which is what will impress the PHBs at work...compared to what we're paying for our Microsoft stuff...which is frightening.

I know there's other IDEs out there but I'd really like to stick w/'s packed w/ features, free, and is quite comfortable to work with...and let's not forget how well supported it is in the industry.

Rick O'Shay
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Joined: Sep 19, 2004
Posts: 531
Vinnie, you will definitely want to automated your build process around Ant. If you have a lot of different projects, Maven is your friend. Eclipse comes with build-in Ant support and there is a Maven plug-in.

Now, I agree with your desicion to use Eclipse, however, Net Beans and Sun's Creator Studio are also stellar products. JBuilder is a horrid also-ran that seems to continually lag behind with brittle and poorly implemented features. They wait for the market rather than lead it, and for whatever reason cannot seem to execute when they finally make up their mind to adopt something.

Anyway, here's an excellent IDE with an nice introduction video. Entirely Eclipse based, as so many are. The downside is the name NitroX might scare your boss away:
I agree. Here's the link:
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