Currently I'm using Netbeans 5. But a lot of my friends say IBM's WebStudio is better (although I've found IBM's products intimidating). I tried Eclipse but I figured using notepad with command line was easier as I couldn't make anything out of it. So right now I'm sticking with NetBeans but what about IntelliJ IDEA, Sun Java Studio EE 8 etc.
How can you use Netbeans, yet find Eclipse confusing?
If any IDE is getting in your way of learning, you probably need to stick with a good editor(not Notepad, try TextPad or Crimson editor) for a while.
JCreator is a pretty decent IDE for java. But I think Eclipse is the best, it is free, well designed and supported, easy to use(IMO) and is very extensible. I even axed VS .net 2003 in favor of Eclipse for my C and C++ work. [ April 12, 2006: Message edited by: Rusty Shackleford ]
"Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes" - Edsger Dijkstra
I started my learning using NetBeans 5.0 as I was advised by my guide.After using it for sometime, I tried Eclipse on my friend's workstation. However it's layout was very confusing, cluttered and it required some plug-in for Java which was missing so It was like ouch experience.
Right now I'm trying to get my hands on Eclipse Distilled and see what happens.
By the way what about the Sun Java Studio EE 8? It's layout seems OK to me and I could deploy an EJB as easily as on NetBeans. But there aren't many books around on any of these (SJS EE8 & NetBeans 5) nor do I find many reviews on them. Right now I'm using NetBeans and will give Eclipse a try. Meanwhile I'd really like some advice on good books for NetBeans 5. Thanks