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Development environment

Gareth Tomes

Joined: Nov 04, 2005
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Can anyone recommend which java IDE best supports development of web services?
mih ira

Joined: Sep 30, 2008
Posts: 10
Eclipse is better

Xyz Bsf

Joined: Jul 27, 2009
Posts: 2
There are different IDE which will help but as i have done previously Eclipse is a good choice
Vyas Sanzgiri
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Does not matter at all. I have been working in Netbeans

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Mourouganandame Arunachalam
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Joined: Oct 29, 2008
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I used both eclipse and netbeans... but, I prefer netbeans. Netbeans 6.7 looks really good. However, it depends on individuals....

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Ivan Krizsan
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Joined: Oct 04, 2006
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As some people already have said, it depends a lot on your personal taste. As a person that have used both Eclipse and NetBeans, I would like to try to share some experiences.
- Abstraction to a higher level.
For instance, there are wizards to create web services and client artifacts. Generated classes etc are kept in a special place in the project, separated from your own code. Having generated a service, you can drag and drop a web service operation into your Java class and code that invokes the operation is generated for you.
- Better support for WSIT configuration files.
No manual editing needed, configuration can be done without reading, or writing, a single line of XML.

- Better support for Axis 1 and 2.
- JAXB binding compiler plugin (XJC) available.
- Less good support for Metro and JAX-WS standard.
I had to write Ant-tasks for wsimport and wsgen myself.
- Generated artifacts are not treated specially.
Generated classes are mixed with your own classes, you can see "everything" in the ordinary project view.
- Web service test tool available.

Overall, NetBeans give a more "integrated" feeling. I may have missed some plugin for Eclipse that can aid in web service development, but on the other hand I did not need to look for something like that for NetBeans, since it was already present.
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