Re: need a simple java programming environment

Lew <>
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:24:53 -0700 (PDT)
markspace wrote:

I disagree with the others. NetBeans is a simple IDE and is much bette=


than trying to hack on the command line. I used to be a big command

No one said not to use an IDE, except the OP and that only

line hacker but no more. The amount of real labor saving that modern
IDEs provide is just too big of a productivity boost.

I tried Eclipse too long ago and also found it confusing. NetBeans was
more approachable for me in the beginning.

Editor War!


Also, Sun has free online classes for Java, the first one here tells you
how to download NetBeans and gets you started using it, which might be


(The author of that website, Sang Shin, is a Sun employee and researcher.=


It is more powerful to use an IDE when you understand the command
line, and test and production builds should always be done outside an

I use Eclipse (and its offspring) and NetBeans myself. I, too, prefer
NetBeans. (I also prefer emacs over vi.) I also use the command
line. Knowledge of the command line (and, say, Ant) strengthens my
power over NetBeans.


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