looking for good java ide
Posted on 2004-08-10
I am a student studying java, I have been using textpad which has been good, but I want something with method autocompleting, so when you type "." it lists the available methods for that class.
I have tried IntelliJ Idea, Borland JBuilder X (free edition), but neither of these make it easy to just open a single class .java file and then compile/launch it directly from the IDE, without having to create an entire project and make a big deal of the task. By these program insisting that you work from a project instead of single class files it makes development simple applications for my needs about 50x harder then just opening and editing a class file, so I really dislike these tools, however programs like JFE Jens file editor and textpad don't have the autocomplete feature which I would find very useful for getting to learn all the methods.
Are there any programs, preferrably free that have the autocomplete feature, and can easily compiile .java files without the need of starting an entire project. This is for simple java console applications, and although I am moving onto IDE's soon, there is still no need for these hideous IDE's that make a simple project a long and frustrating task.
I realise that a lot of organisations that need multiple teams for projects and all this may find it necessary for these features, but why won't the IntelliJ IDEA let me open up a plain java file and edit it. COME ON, it annoys me so much.
Anyway, back to teh point, if anyone can suggest any decent java ide that has these features then please let me know.