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Netbeans and Eclipse users - I'd like your input for my university project

James Hammond
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Joined: Mar 25, 2011
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Hello all and thank you for your time,

I'll just come out and say it (despite it's obviousness) - but I'm new here!

Anyway, lets get to the reason of my topic:

I'm doing my final year Computer Science project at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) - I can provide more details if needed, although I'd naturally rather refrain from doing so. My assignment is to pretty much compare the Netbeans IDe and Eclipse IDE (in terms of java-development features that I've identified from articles). One of the final parts of this project demands that I carry out a survey of sorts to gain opinions from those that have used both IDEs.

Therefore I would be extremely grateful if any of you (that have used them) would be able to take my ultra-basic survey on the matter:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFh0YVFLeDdKMDNGMjRnWkZzbGU0Ymc6MQ

If you would like to give your opinion on the survey and the IDEs in general, that would be very interesting too.

So far, it seems that the Netbeans IDE is currently the better choice (especially for teams of developers) - due to its simplicity and built-in features. However, Eclipse seems like it has way more potential through the sheer mass of plug-ins available for it - although I question how much of that is relevent to Java development.

Yes, I'm a complete newbie about these tools, but I believe that's to be expected from us.


Many thanks.

P.S. If there are better places to ask this (even on this site), please let me know!
Maneesh Godbole
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Welcome to the Ranch.
One small question. Why the scale of 1-7? Usually its customary to provide a scale of 1-10. From the user's perspective, it is easier to mentally compute/convert the scale to percentage that way.


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James Hammond
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Joined: Mar 25, 2011
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:Welcome to the Ranch.
One small question. Why the scale of 1-7? Usually its customary to provide a scale of 1-10. From the user's perspective, it is easier to mentally compute/convert the scale to percentage that way.


First of all, thank you very much.

Secondly, my tutor advised it - he briefly explained why but I've already forgot. Yeah, I can imagine this being more awkward for me to convert than 0-10. Infact I think I even suggested doing 0-10 in the first place...

Regardless, at the very least, the bar-chat summaries that I can currently see are already pretty useful in themselves.

Oh yeah, my friend that is doing the assignment a very similar way was also instructed to use a different measurement system - so maybe our tutor (yeah, same guy) doesn't want those doing the assignment to be doing it too similarly...or something like that.
Steven Bruton
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Joined: Mar 07, 2011
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:Welcome to the Ranch.
One small question. Why the scale of 1-7? Usually its customary to provide a scale of 1-10. From the user's perspective, it is easier to mentally compute/convert the scale to percentage that way.


Agree / Disagree surveys use an odd number (1-5 usually but in this case 1-7), the participant cannot agree nor disagree if it used a scale of 1-10 or any even scale.

Anyway I did not fill in the survey because I only used netbeans a few times and I'd be quite bi-assed towards eclipse. If you want my opinion on why I don't use netbeans, its simply because I don't like the UI and I really like the eclipse one.
Sumit Bisht
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Joined: Jul 02, 2008
Posts: 329

Filled your survey, but Why all the Q's were is XXX better in eclipse than nb ?
You can find out those by trying it out yourself. Take any sample application for that matter.

Earlier (during my student days) I was heavily into netbeans, but now in my shop, only eclipse is used (computers don't have much memory), so am using eclipse.

Also, try reading their documentations and guidebooks to find out more
James Hammond
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Joined: Mar 25, 2011
Posts: 3
Many thanks for taking the survey and I'll be using that opinion of yours.

As for "xxx is better than xxx statements", that's how EBSE (Evidence-based-software-engineering) works.

And yes, I'll be using both tools myself.

What I'll be doing is forming an argument for either/both tools based on Articles, the results of this survey, AND my own experiences. Although I'll be weighing more towards the opinions of others as I'm a total newbie to this stuff.
 
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