Re: Looking for that special Java IDE...

Lew <>
Sat, 30 Aug 2008 22:34:43 -0400
Mike Schilling wrote:

Actually, my disdain for NetBeans goes back to the versions from 2001
or so. I have heard that it's improved.

Indeed it has, but it is still a little buggy, but then, I've seen troubles in
Eclipse(-based) IDEs, too.

Eclipse and NetBeans are roughly feature-equivalent, but they differ in how
they look and feel, what the work flow is like. I've been using both for
several years, sometimes on the same projects, and personally I like NetBeans
a lot better, but then others like Eclipse a lot better.

Both are chock-full of lovely features, like deploying and debugging Web apps,
integrating well with a variety of application servers. They support
profiling, database connections, and tons more. Both also serve as rich
application platforms - you can build applications on them besides IDEs. Both
need lots of RAM, if you are running various servers and databases through
them. They'll run in more limited RAM, between 1/2 gig and a gig, but will be
slow for swapping. Both make really good front ends for deployment and server
administration for application servers and DBMSes. Both are highly
customizable and support all kinds of independently-developed plugins. Both
have active developer and user communities.


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