What's the best Java tools

Posted on 2001-07-06
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My company is looking to move into the Java arena, but like most new environments we have no clear idea as to what are the best tools to use and books to buy to learn the language.

We all have C, C++ and MFC knowledge and have used IDEs in some shape or form.

Any personal experiences, references or articles would be much appreciated.
Question by:carlpaddick
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Expert Comment

ID: 6258960
Borland JBuilder is the best one you get on the market this days.
Others :
JDeveloper from Oracle
ForteIDE from SUN
Kawa from Allaire
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Expert Comment

ID: 6258998
Tools available for Java

  IBM VisualAge
  Visual Cafe

  As Ovi said, JBuilder is the best one.

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objects earned 150 total points
ID: 6259008
You'll probably find lots of varying opinions regarding which is the best. Personally I think it comes down to personal preference.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6259018
Have heard some good things about this one though:

Author Comment

ID: 6259056
Well I wish I could split the points between you guys because all of your answers have been really helpful.  Objects, I award the points to your useful reference.

But can someone also give me a good list of books that teach Java well or recommend some good titles.

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Expert Comment

ID: 6259084
Thanks for the points.

Not too sure on books, but Sun's Java Tutorial is a pretty good reference while you're learning. I have previously heard that the following is a good book:
Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days
by Laura Lemay and Charles L. Perkins

But if you know C++ then it's not too big a step to Java.

Best of luck :)

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ID: 6259150
Cheers objects and you're welcome for the points.

Best of luck yourself mate.

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