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Can anyone who has had experience with different IDE's for Java tell me which you'd prefer? Also, explain why you prefer it over the other ones. Thanks, Taylor

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Personally I kind of like Ready To Program. It doesn't complain about your code if it is outdated (will complain if it doesn't work though). Its also good when it comes to finding libraries and such. Its good at finding your errors and its got a pretty good colouring scheme for coding. The compiler isn't bad (I prefer Sun's compiler).

There is also Bean (I think that's what its called at least) it's also pretty good (didn't use it all that much though).

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Well NetBeans, which you can dowload on Java's home website, is one of my options. But there are others like:

JCreator http://www.jcreator.com/

Textpad http://www.textpad.com

Eclipse http://www.eclipse.org/

How about those? How do these compare with others? Some of them don't have a debugger, but I'd like one with it.

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I would also second eclipse. It's simple to setup CVS access directly within eclipse, it has auto-complete / intellisense, and it has a reasonably intuitive interface. I also have quite a few problems with eclipse. It performs rather sluggishly, has a whopping 60meg basic memory footprint and imo eclipse completely copped out of directly integrating various aspects of an IDE such as debugging, repository access, etc.. Instead you have 'perspectives' which provide a unique interface for every different aspect. It's somewhat annoying to be forced to manually swap perspectives. The "perspective" system also comes off feeling like a hack as opposed to an innovation. On the other hand I'm sure that this methodology was chosen largely with ease of extensibility in mind, and appears to have succeeded. In all, I'm not a huge fan of eclipse, but it is one of the best IDEs for Java.

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Add my vote for eclipse, it's an extremely great IDE, if it supported C++ as well as it did Java, I doubt I'd do any development in MSVC.

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IntelliJ IDEA, definitly. Eclipse is not too bad, but if you can afford the IDEA license (not THAT expensive at 99$, escpecially for students, but not free either), i can only recommend using it. You can find a 30-day trial at http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/download/index.html

Oh god, i'm sounding like a commercial =(

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I say JCreator...easy to set up and use...

I couldnt get Eclipse working, and it was confusing...
have tried others...JCreator is by far the best I have used

but thats is personal opinion of course

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