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  1. #1 Netbeans IDE impresses me more than Eclipse 
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    I am an open-source bigot. I have an extreme preference for the open-source way of doing things.

    So I was struggling to make an easily deployable cross-platform application with Eclipse. I hit some dead ends, I spent lots of time on it, etc.

    I was committed to Eclipse because I was sick and tired of closed apps. I spent hours trying to wrangle Eclipse into making the sort of app I wanted.

    Yesterday I tried Netbeans and got a vastly superior experience in a half hour.

    I had been leery of Netbeans because when I last tried it -- in 1999 -- it was not very usable! Times have changed!

    I don't know if Netbeans is truly open source, but for the moment I don't care. I trust Sun enough to work with their product.

    I haven't gotten JUnit working in Eclipse, but a big part of the reason I was working with Eclipse is that I will eventually want to get automated testing going, e.g. with JUnit. But it looks like NetBeans supports automated testing.

    So ... if you're a Java coder ... do have an opinion on a decent Java-centric IDE?

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    WYSIWYG Moderator marnixR's Avatar
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    i'm still using 3.5.1, but in a very limited way, just to compile applets because it's somehow easier on the eye than the command screen

    however, i tried the latest version (6.1) and went back to the old one because creating a whole project file for a single applet seems a bit too much like overkill to me ...

    also tried JBuilder 9, since i had to use it at college, but that's the same : fine if you want to build proper Java programmes, but overkill if you only need to compile an applet

    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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