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NetBeans Vs Eclipse

Kaustubh G Sharma
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HI....

Please define which one is more superior according to you. Also define the reason to use the perticular IDE.

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Pramod P Deore
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Personally I like Eclipse because it is light weighted than NetBeans. But it may possible NetBeans may have some features that are not present in Eclipse.


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David Newton
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That's the first time I've ever heard Eclipse referred to as "light weight". That doesn't seem right. At all.

They're both superior in different areas--I'd really recommend just trying both for awhile. I'm an Eclipse and IntelliJ person, but that's really only because I didn't care for earlier versions of NetBeans. From what I've seen recently, and the testimonials of people I listen to, I need to give NetBeans another shot.
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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removing/adding jars is user friendly in eclipse rather than netbeans.and netbean has some in-build support for some framework version, I really dont like this
Jesper de Jong
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Both Eclipse and NetBeans are very good IDEs, both more than adequate for professional Java development.

I've been a long-time Eclipse user, but switched to NetBeans a few months back, mainly because NetBeans has very good built-in support for Maven (it recognises Maven projects out-of-the-box and everything works smoothly). To work with Maven projects in Eclipse, you have to install a plug-in and it doesn't work as well as with NetBeans.

Last year I've done a webapp with a lot of HTML and JavaScript using Eclipse, and had a lot of trouble with Eclipse, it sometimes reported bogus error messages in the JavaScript source code and sometimes for unknown reasons the IDE seemed to lock up for a few minutes while working on JavaScript code. In NetBeans, the support for JavaScript seems much better and I don't have those problems.

NetBeans does seem to use more memory than Eclipse, but RAM is cheap and if you have 2 GB or more it's not a problem.

I prefer NetBeans now, but you really have to just try them both out yourself and see what works best for you.

Besides Eclipse and NetBeans there's IntelliJ IDEA, which is not free, but there is a free community edition. I've never used it for more than small toy programs, but I know some people who do and they like it a lot.

@David: Yes, older versions of NetBeans (older than 6.0) were not that great, but NetBeans 6.0 and newer are really good and have surpassed Eclipse in many areas (in my opinion).


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Maneesh Godbole
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I personally use Eclipse. I tried Netbeans once while evaluating it for J2ME development. Can't say I was much impressed, though I suspect it was my mental inertia for learning IDE shortcuts all over again.

Only thing I personally find cool about Netbeans is that I can run it with the Napkin LAF which is unfortunately not possible in Eclipse (as far as I know)


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Sagar Rohankar
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Go for Netbeans if you're new to IDE, its very intuitive and easy to use. Its interface is more fine than the Eclipse.


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David Newton
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Meh; I found Eclipse easier to start with.
Pat Farrell
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If you read the results in this thread, its clear that the choice is a personal issue. Its not at all clear that one is fundamentally better than the other.

I have used both, and prefer NetBeans, but you may prefer the other.

I do have some doubts about the future of Netbeans now that Oracle has bought Sun. I have not seen any strong hints from Oracle one way or the other.
Hussein Baghdadi
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I don't think Oracle is going to shut down NetBeans but it is not going to invest into it, I think it will give it to the community.
David Newton
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While I obviously don't know, I think they'll use it as the basis of their Java IDE strategy, seeing as how JDeveloper isn't exactly in the top three IDEs. If they don't, I'm not really sure what they're thinking.
Hussein Baghdadi
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Oracle already provides "Enterprise Package for Eclipse":
http://www.oracle.com/tools/enterprise-eclipse-pack.html
David Newton
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They had to--essentially nobody uses JDeveloper.
Hussein Baghdadi
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Maybe Oracle doesn't care to provide a "generic" Java IDE, they targets an IDE that is tightly integrated with Oracle's products.
David Newton
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Bear in mind that WebLogic wasn't an Oracle product until recently. And Java is now an Oracle product--so you're really talking about their *other* products, the usage of which *pales* in comparison to the use of Java, WebLogic, and their DB.
 
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