hope you guys can help me out with my question. I am trying to learn an IDE for J2EE applications and I am confused between whether to learn Eclipse or Weblogic workshop. I started using Workshop last week but the problem is that workshop adds so many default tags and bells and whitsles like pageflow etc and the whole thing becomes confusing. I haven't yet tried Eclipse.
I want to learn an IDE coz I need functionality like debugging, easy code writing and integration. Any suggestions?
Workshop is a great tool. Makes many things easy, eg. developing an EJB you just build one .ejb file and Workshop generates all the interfaces and deploys for you. But you loose some flexibility (eg see my previous post "Creating a Session Bean Factory in WebLogic Workshop"). With Workshop you are also resigning yourself to vendor lock in - an application developed in Workshop can only run on a Workshop enabled domain. Thus you have to look at the trade offs. On the project I am on now, the people who decide things decided they were willing to go with all the inconveniences and lock in of Workshop so they could gain the speed of development - especially in the portal area. One thing that does make it easier is that Workshop breaks applications down into projects that can be built independently, plus you can build some outside of Workshop and import them as jars. On this project we are doing some components in Eclipse (my favorite IDE) and then importing them.
If you do want to develop some components in Eclipse just put the appropriate bea jars in your build path (right click on the project - properties - build path - add external jars).
There are probably some WebLogic add-in tools for Eclipse, but I have never tried them.
If you are looking for learning an IDE, go for JBuilder. JBuilder. Eclipse has nice interface and does most things that JBuilder does but JBuilder is more flexible and more mature IDE. Learning JBuilder will pay off in long run.