What's the best Java tools


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.
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objectsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You'll probably find lots of varying opinions regarding which is the best. Personally I think it comes down to personal preference.
Here's a list to get you going:
Borland JBuilder is the best one you get on the market this days.
Others :
JDeveloper from Oracle
ForteIDE from SUN
Kawa from Allaire
Tools available for Java

  IBM VisualAge
  Visual Cafe

  As Ovi said, JBuilder is the best one.

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Have heard some good things about this one though:
carlpaddickAuthor Commented:
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.

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 :)
carlpaddickAuthor Commented:
Cheers objects and you're welcome for the points.

Best of luck yourself mate.
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