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some java ide refence please

Posted on 2003-02-26
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i'm new in java programming, now i am trying to start writing codes, can you give me some references about some of java IDEs and feature of each IDE. thks
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I suppose one of the biggest is JBuilder, so Borland is a place to surf into. I believe you can get evaluation copy of JBuilder to give it a test drive @ http://www.borland.com/jbuilder/

IntelliJ has developed one very good tool for Java developers. Has tons of features and isn't so expensive (in comp to similar level IDEs like JBuilder) http://www.intellij.com/idea/

On the other hand free combination of JEdit editor from http://www.jedit.org/ and ANT build tool from http://ant.apache.org/ is quite cabable pair as well. You can download many usermade modules for JEdit (such as JavaStyle, XML parsing, project tools etc) and when combined with Ant you have basic functionalities of a good IDE with very high configuration options. Actually Ant is worth getting to know anyway at some point imo ;)

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 My favourite is JCreator: http://www.jcreator.com

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One of the best tools I know, which is also free, is IBM's Eclipse.
The thing is that for now I did not find any free plugin for GUI editing, but maybe it's for the best...

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I have used JBuilder and Eclipse for Java/JSP and Java/Swing/EJB projects.  I prefer Eclipse, especially with the nice new integration with Ant.  Eclipse also integrates with CVS and JUnit.

The only big difference that I have found between the two IDEs is that we are unable to debug JSP pages like we could with JBuilder.  Losing this capability has prompted us to move logic out of the JSPs and into Java, which is all for the best.

I think that JBuilder has tools for modelling/design, but I have not used them.  

I have not regretted anything about moving to Eclipse from JBuilder, especially saving all that money.

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I use free tools JEdit http://www.jedit.org for regular development. It's got everything I need except intellisense...

I also like JCreator  http://www.jcreator.com (LE version is free) for quickly looking at files.

I hear good things about IntelliJ, but haven't tried it yet.


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One of the Free and Best IDE I have used is Sun Forte.

You may also try with "IntelliJ". I found this IDE is powerful in case of robust e-com applications. Tracing down and implementation of each class is very very easy.
Also has an excellent search facility. Also each method can be identified where it starts and ends with a fine line at leftside of the screen.

Like any other IDE, this also can be connected with remote servers. The above two IDEs have got an excellent CVS integration facilities as well.

If you ask me, I would recommend IntelliJ first and SUN Forte next.

A cheap, but widely used, one is EditPlus. But it has its own limitations.

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