I think Visual Age for Java is the best possible IDE. It has a bit of a steep learing curve., But once you learn it you'll love it and never want to touch another. JBuilder is ok too, if your used to the Delphi scene or like the Mircosoft Developers Studio envirnoment. SL
I highly recommend NetBeans IDE (www.netbeans.org) it is the best that I have ever come across ... and it is extensible (written entirely in Java). [This message has been edited by Chris Stehno (edited February 27, 2001).]
Hi I personally feel that JBuilder is the best IDE, that is avaliable, I have been using JBuilder since Version 2, and now I am currently using JBuilder 4, and it has really come a very long way. I have also tried using Forte for Java (by Sun) I have just used this IDE once or twice, it seems ok but it takes a lot of time to start up, there is one thing that I do not like about this IDE is that it does not have a main application window. The Debugger, Editor, Property Editor are all seperate windows hanging over the desktop, something similar to Visual Basic 3.
thanx gul 4 posting this topic. it was really necessary. i agree with vv that jbuilder is 1 of the most friendly IDEs. but Visual Age is good 2. personallly i prefer jBuilder. hey but can any1 tell me how 2 use the jdb in detail. ive tried but it seems very cryptic 2 use.i mite post a topic on jdb.
I have used Forte and Visual Cafe. It is the feeling around our office that Visual Cafe sucks. I like Forte but your machine must have the horsepower to run it. (700Mhz and 256MB Ram work well) Forte has the advantage that it does not require a project file. You tell it the root directory of your code and it figures out the rest. Also its free. -Billy