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I use some nice IDEs at work but none are free. Can anyone suggest some IDEs that are "free" and best suited/user friendly for 1) Javascript 2) HTML/form 3) JSP/Java, and/or 4) PHP/Perl/etc.., development? Thanks.
 
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Eclipse can do all.
 
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It can do it all but is it the "best" choice for each individually that you know of?
 
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You're asking for a personal opinion. That kind of questions are best to be answered by yourself. Try them all yourself and see which has your preference.

I at least talk from experience (expect of the Perl part, have never done that with Eclipse, but Google learns me that there are Perl plugins as well).
 
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I have been looking for a good IDE for Perl, but have not found one yet. Just use a simple text editor. As for Java, I like to use Netbeans. Maybe I'll try that eclipse Perl plugin. As for html, there are many free html editors out there, you just need to google for it. I have not found one for javascript yet.
 
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NetBeans and Eclipse are the two most widely used Java IDEs, which also support other languages and formats such as HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, JSP, JSF, PHP, Ruby, Python, and lots of other stuff.

I'm currently using Eclipse 3.4 at work for a big Java and JavaScript / HTML application. It works OK, but the support for JavaScript could be better. I've also tried NetBeans 6.5, and in my experience its support for JavaScript is better than that of Eclipse. NetBeans also has especially good support for Ruby and other languages.

You'd really have to try them out yourself to find out which one best suits you.
 
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For Eclipse there is the JSEclipse plugin.
 
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Although Eclipse is thought of as a Java IDE, it's actually possible to download a non-JDT version of Eclipse and never use it for Java at all. Eclipse has many language capabilities. I've used plugins for:

o Python
o C/C++
o Shell Scripts
o PHP
o SQL
o ANTLR

And probably several others I've forgotten. There's even reputed to be a COBOL plugin out there! I have a macro language for an open-source tool I did several years back and even wrote an editor plugin for that.

I should mention that Eclipse isn't the only platform that has a broad set of plugins. The Emacs text editor also supports most of the above. Because Emacs is intended to run on character-mode displays, it's not quite as polished in the GUI department, but a lot of the Unix/Linux development is done on it (or in vi).

 
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