I have recently started a Java course Online, I use the BlueJ IDE but i don't feel 100% comfortable with it.
I wanted to know your opinions on a good beginners IDE from anyone involved in any form of java development. I Search on the Internet and and others and they have recommended a few others, but if those are anything like BlueJ i'll be inclined to say no thanks. I have heard good things about ItelliJ and NetBeans but everyones input will be much appreciated!
Both IntelliJ and NetBeans are very popular here, as is the Eclipse IDE. Eclipse may be somewhat less friendly than the first two, but it has a lot of power (and it's what I generally prefer).
Some people, when well-known sources tell them that fire will burn them, don't put their hands in the fire.
Some people, being skeptical, will put their hands in the fire, get burned, and learn not to put their hands in the fire.
And some people, believing that they know better than well-known sources, will claim it's a lie, put their hands in the fire, and continue to scream it's a lie even as their hands burn down to charred stumps.
Eclipse is my choice also but I consider it to be "expert friendly". It has a steep learning curve. If you are just starting out I might suggest skipping a full-blown IDE for the time being and trying NOTEPAD++ which is an enhanced version of NOTEPAD that can do things like syntax highlighting. I haven't used it myself but a lot of beginners start with that.