Originally posted by Jeff Salter:
Looking at what you decribed, the first thing that comes to mind is that it would be easier for me to just use an editor with Ant and do everything by hand. Eclipse would only be getting in my way.
Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
Actually, the reason I like Eclipse over IntelliJ (which is what they make me use at work) is because IntelliJ's closer to the "IDE in Control" model than Eclipse is. In IntelliJ's project display, things that IntelliJ isn't interested in don't "exist".
Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
If Eclipse were perfect, how could those companies sell their IDEs?
Eclipse isn't meant to be a fully fledged IDE. Eclipse has all the basic things you need for java development. If you want more, you either need to install a number of free plugins, often with the mentioned problems of inconsistencies and bad support, or you need to spent some money.