First of all, this is my first post in Java Ranch, so a big NICE TO MEET YOU to each and every one of you hehe.
Ok, I'm in a bit of a problem. I accepted to do a small web app for my college's social service office, it only needs to authenticate users and give them an inscription turn (date and time, FCFS) in a date range specified by the administrator.
This is the first app that I actually develop all by myself, and I have, very very little time (1 month and 3 other school projects to finish), so I was wondering: what do you suggest me to do? I've just finished learning Servlets, Struts & EJB, but still haven't developed anything using them; I also hear that Java Studio Creator is very easy to use, but I don't know anything about JSF. Should I try JSC or give a go at developing it in the old-fashioned way using NetBeans or JBuilder?
There is a very easy trap to fall into when starting to program, and that is learning the tool rather than the language. From the scope of your requirements, you can easily get away with a text editor with syntax highlighting (eg TextPad) and the command line. Much more and you will spend more time learning to use the particular editor and tools rather than accomplishing the task.
Becoming familiar with IDEs is worthwhile, but only you can gauge whether it is worth the effort right now. I suggest "not".
For the record I use Eclipse, typically using an ANT task to deploy to the Servlet container.
posted 13 years ago
That makes a lot of sense, since I've been reading Tutorials all day long, haha. The thing is, like I said, I don't have almost any experience in actual developing, so I thought an IDE would ease it up a bit.