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   Java newbie would like to know some opinions as to the best IDE for Java. At the moment I'm working thru the tutorials on the NetBeans 3.3.1 IDE, anyone know how to change the Window colors on that one?
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by:gigsvoo
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I dunno how to use NetBeans but for best IDE, i would suggest Forte or JBuilder.
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by:bing031398
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I have tried netbeans, forte for java CE, and JBuilder personal. Although the netbeans and forte teams have improved the IDE tremendously I would still recommend JBuilder to any java developer (experienced or newbie).

JBuilder has the most user friendly interface including a very helpful documentation. JBuilder personal is free.
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by:Ovi
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If you are refering to java source window colors, you can change the appearence via Tools->Options->Editing->Editor Settings->Java Editor->Fonts&Colors propertie which appear on the right of thesettings tree.
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by:Ovi
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I believe still NetBeans is the best formula for writing java code. JBuilder is fast and easy to use but there are some unresolved problems. If you intend to work with a version control system (CVS) for example, you will have some problems using JBuilder.
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by:gigsvoo
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Yeah, i just discover that JBuilder might not be for me...
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by:Ovi
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Forte as you probably know is build using the infrastructure of NetBeans. The only difference between those two is the price : for Forte $$$(many), for NetBeans 0(free and OPENSOURCE).
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sheltonn earned 100 total points
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IDEA IntelliJ

Performs just as fast as JBuilder, but only costs about $250 for a license.  NetBeans and Eclipse pale in comparison.
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by:thunder44
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Thanks for all the replys. sheltonns answer was good in that it mentioned some IDEs for Java I'd never even heard of, leading me to this page of IDEs.

http://www.geocities.com/david_ehrens/java/ides.htm

Ovi, I was refering to netbeans overall color scheme, what if I want a tan background. I know, stupid newbie question.

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by:thunder44
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Heres another big list of Java IDEs:

http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/tools/jw-tools-ide.html
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