Posted 08 October 2000 - 03:39 PM
- Supports multiple languages, including embedded languages(like java-script in HTML)
- Very fast context tagging (you know..type "object." and all available methods and attributes pop-up. This is my absolute favorite feature in VSlickEdit. Other IDEs are starting to implement this (MS intellisense, VisualCafe) but none work near as well as slick edit. Slickedit''s will even show you the javadoc in the ''popup''.
- *Completely* configurable. Color syntaxing, regular expression usage, beautifier settings....
- Uses whatever JDK you want without hassle. Includes javamake utility, integrated into environment.
- Buggy, but has a great debugger.
- Able to compile natively
- Great if you like SmallTalk (...and IBM''s ideals of what java development should be).
- Great if you want a completely contained environment for development (especially with servlets, etc.)
- Great debugging facilities
- Terrible if you want to develop with a team and use 3rd party source control. (I hate the repository. Others probably love it?)
JBuilder and Forte
- Great if you don''t have funding
- JBuilder does have some nice features for beans and GUI building...when it works. I haven''t used version 4 yet.
- MS way of doing things. Hard to tell if you are doing something that will only work with J++.
- Major downer is that J++ has very uncertain future.
- Sure it works...but why would you use it if you had a good IDE like SlickEdit(w/ funding) or JBuilder(wo/funding)? Color syntaxing alone is worth it to me.
Just my opinions.
Chalk another one up to VisualSlick Edit 5. Second choice would be Visual Cafe. Would use JBuilder if I had no funds.