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Hi Guys

I currently use Borland's JBuilder, and although it's a great product I am fed up with it continually writing and reading from the hard drive every few seconds to such an extent that it has on a few occassions locked itself (I get a not responding message) for up to 2 minutes.
Considering I am running a P4, with 1GB of memory, I am puzzled as to what the hell it is up to. I have ran JBuilder on a number of PCs and the result is always the same. Doesn't matter what I run it on. I can find little, if any, reference to this problem and was wondering if anyone has come across this and if so what did they do about it.

Just in case I can't solve this very annoying problem, can any recommend an alternative program that doesn't continually batter the hard drive and freeze everytime I so much as look at the keyboard.

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lightest solution would be to just use a good editor, eg. ultraedit or jedit
as far as ide's go, eclipse gets lots of good reports
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by:TrekkyLeaper
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Netbeans also works pretty well. I am not thrilled with the new version (4.0), but 3.6 is pretty flexible. I have gotten it to run for over a week without losing much responsiveness by adding the following lines to the ide.cfg file:

-J-XX:PermSize=40m
-J-XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC
-J-XX:+CMSClassUnloadingEnabled
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by:MogalManic
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Open up the task manager and look at the PF delta column.  If you see JBuilder at the top of the list, then the problem you have is called "thrashing".  The CPU is spending more time taskswapping than it is running the tasks.

I've used eclipse (www.eclipse.org) with no problems.  It has many of the same features as a Comercial application and it is Open Source.
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by:mightyone
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eclipse is okay but I prefer the Oracle Jdeveloper, it is free for personal use....
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I've started using Eclipse, and the problems I was having with JBuilder have now gone away. Only Borland know why it's forever writing to the hard drive (the latest version is worse than ever). Pity really because it's a very good application, but just unusable.

I'm giving the points here to Objects since he first mentioned eclipse, but would like to thank everyone who took part.
I would be grateful for any more suggestions if anyone has any.

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