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Best free java IDE?

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Emonious    122
Curious... I''m starting an intro to OOP course which uses Java (not C++ damn it > ) and while I do have a free version of VS.net from my college, I cannot use it on my older laptop due to it''s age. I usually use Dev c++ for when programming in C++, but I was hoping there was something similar for Java? Preferably something that would transfer between IDE''s with ease, if that is possible. Also, just for the heck of it. Are there at basic "switch over" guides for those going from C++ to Java? Something that would show the basic differences and key points to pay attention to? Nothing advanced, as I am still only a novice.

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Eclipse IDE:
http://www.eclipse.org/

as for "switching over":
it''s rather painless if you''re used to C++ techniques like interfaces, methods, abstract classes, exception handling, and don''t do any crazy pointer arithmetic. i suggest reading a little introduction text on Java, should be enough to start.


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-silencer-    144
For Java I use Sun''s Java2 SDK (www.java.com), and I use TextPad for the IDE (www.textpad.com). I used to use JGrasp (www.jgrasp.org) and have a few friends that still use it so you may want to try that too.

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BitMaster    8651
Eclipse:

2.1.3 Stream Maintenance Build: Current release

3.0 Stream Stable Build: Current experimental release. Should be stable too but the current Milestone 6 contained one or two features that annoyed me a bit and felt unable to turn of in the preferences. I''d rather give Milestone 5 a go.

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UfoZ    150
Eclipse is fucking gorgeous.

Its editor lacks one feature that''s very important to me though - "virtual space" or cursor-past-end-of-line. I hope this is fixed soon.

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DJSnow    100
i recommend you urgent, NOT TO USE one of those opensource packs;
use JBuilder personal edition, free on linux - it really rocks and bashes the other in this thread named products by mile-lengths !
(i have worked over a year with JBuilder at a preceeding employer)

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MDI    266
quote:
Original post by DJSnow
i recommend you urgent, NOT TO USE one of those opensource packs;
use JBuilder personal edition, free on linux - it really rocks and bashes the other in this thread named products by mile-lengths !
(i have worked over a year with JBuilder at a preceeding employer)

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If you''re going to be suggesting paying for IDE''s, JBuilder is nothing compared to IntelliJ IDEA.

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quote:
Original post by DJSnow
i recommend you urgent, NOT TO USE one of those opensource packs;
use JBuilder personal edition, free on linux - it really rocks and bashes the other in this thread named products by mile-lengths !
(i have worked over a year with JBuilder at a preceeding employer)

DJSnow
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this post is manually created and therefore legally valid without a signature


If you really like *closedsource* (if there is opensource, why not this term?) software, try IntelliJ IDEA from http://www.intellij.com I have spend hours trying different IDEs for Java, and I can gurantee IntelliJ IDEA is the best, by far.

If you do not want to pay, try Eclipse from http://www.eclipse.org

Note that both IDEs do not inlclude a GUI maker. A free IDE with GUI maker with so-so features is Netbeans from http://www.netbeans.org

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OrangyTang    1298
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Note that both IDEs do not inlclude a GUI maker. A free IDE with GUI maker with so-so features is Netbeans from http://www.

Isn''t there supposed to be a new/experimental GUI building plugin for Eclipse? I keep meaning to find the time to actually try it...

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Spudder    385
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Netbeans!


Out of all the Java IDEs ive tried this has to be the worst one, my personal favourites are JCreator (due to its Visual Studio style interface) and Eclipse which is what i''m currently using for my Java programming

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teamonkey    200
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Isn''t there supposed to be a new/experimental GUI building plugin for Eclipse? I keep meaning to find the time to actually try it...


I''ve used it. It''s OK, but it''s best to think of it as a tool that saves a lot of typing rather than a tool that will magically build your app, if you see what I mean. You still need to know a fair bit of Swing to make it useful, and it''s not as intuative as, say, JBuilder.

But it''s free, and Eclipse itself is wonderful

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I''m not sure if people are still reading this, but if they are...

In my opinion Gel is the best free Java IDE. I went through a period of trying out all of the free IDEs that I could find... forgotten most of their names, but they included JEdit, JCreator, TextPad... most of the ones mentioned here (except Eclipse, I am about to try that now...).

So yeah it only has a windows version, but it is everything that I want in an IDE - it doesn''t have that many ''fancy'' options like JBuilder or anything, but it does have stuff like inbuilt Ant, JavaDoc... and heaps of stuff that I don''t use. It is very fast. That is about all I can think of to say...

Um... so give Gel a go.

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Whoops...

Gel''s website is www.gexperts.com

It is pretty easy to navigate and find what you want, unlike the Eclipse website...

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