Re: After I try latest of Netbean and Eclipse I wonder if have Another beter IDE?

Mark Space <>
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 21:48:27 -0700
I think it's neat that there are so many choice available right now.
It's a wonder to me that both NetBeans and Eclipse can be so feature
rich and also a free download.

But if a pay-for IDE can provide some substantial features, I'd love to
know about it.

EricF wrote:

I much prefer IntelliJ over Eclipse, enough to pay for it. I haven't looked at
NetBeans in quite a while so can't compare the 2.

IntelliJ is not a general IDE. It was created in Java for Java. It is starting
to support some of the newer dynamic languages; the newest versions support
Groovy and Rails.

I see you didn't mention C and C++. When I tried NetBeans, I pointed it
at my Cygwin install (that's a Unix style environment running on
Windows) and NetBeans took it. It uses it's own editor, the C and C++
compiler in Cygwin, and either Ant or make. I was in heaven.

Open source products with a lot of support frequently have support for
crazy configurations like Cygwin that commercial products have a hard
time justifying support for.

It has templates for web apps, j2ee, struts and jsf support. Dunno about Dojo
or JMaki.

Dojo and JMaki are libraries that support client side widgets for web
2.0. You load them onto your JSP or PHP page, run it and they put neat
little Javascript widgets on the browser. NetBeans has a pallet for
them so I can just drag and drop them into layouts or even right into a
text file I'm editing. It'd darn cool.

I prefer it because it is relatively stable and has an intelligent UI. The
learning curve is relatively low.

I'm still interested in features, if you're willing to talk about them,
or even point me at a web page with tutorials, I'd like to take a look
at it.

This post is more pro-NetBeans than I intended. I really don't want to
start any editor wars. It's just nice little features that I've found
in NetBeans that it great to use, and comparisons are valid I think if
one wants to have earnest discussion.

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