Originally posted by Tim Uckun:
Visual Age for Java Eval.
A great looking if somewhat confusing tool. It never crashed on me and seems very solid. This tool is very unlike all the others. You don't deal with files! you don't save or load files or projects you just create classes. There are no wizards but a bewildering array of cryptically named (for me anyway) beans that you build your app with. It's half visual and half not. It seems like it's a closer ideal of a purely OO environment. This also comes with no middleware. I was not able to create a simple data entry screen because I did not know what I was doing. I think that this tool would be very powerful for somebody who could think in Java and Objects. The professional edition is only $99 but the enterprise edition still in the 2K range with no middleware. Of course IBM would love to sell you any one of their Middleware solutions for an added cost.
Do not use an Integrated Development Environment at first. As the all-wise Yoda remarked "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consum you it will."