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For C/C++/C#/VB.net I have Visual Studio .Net... For HTML/PHP/anything web I have Dreamweaver... For Perl I have Textpad... Now what I'd like to have is a nice IDE for writing stuff in Java when it's useful, because there are sometimes I want to write something in Java but it's just such a hassle typing it up in notepad/whatever, compiling it, reading the errors, then going back to the editor... I hate Netbeans. And Textpad doesn't seem very useful when it comes to juggling packages and classpaths and whatnot... I know Eclipse comes highly acclaimed, but what else out there is a good Java IDE?

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I've heard great things about IntelliJ IDEA. But I've never used that one. I think you have to pay for it.

Netbeans and Eclipse are the popular favorites. Were you using the most recent version of Netbeans? Apparently Netbeans sucked hard until a recent new version, which transformed it from suck to cool.

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Oddly enough, this comes up a lot. You'll find numerous recommendations in previous threads...

Personally I use Eclipse as a main IDE (for full projects) and keep JCreator around as well for a quick java code editor (starts up nigh-on instantly and gives you basic syntax highlighting).

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I've always had trouble with Eclipse, never could get it to work for me.

Don't think it liked me. :-(

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I vote for Borland JBuilder. it's a very good IDE, doesn't eats an enormous amount of memory like many others, and it's quite fast (for a java IDE).

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If you've got an extra $500 or so floating about, IntelliJ is THE way to go. If not... can't really help ya. BTW: that's $99 for students, and WELL worth it.

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JCreator is VERY Visual Studio like... Thanks a bunch, everyone!

Of course in the meantime I ordered a copy of JBuilder (Last minute student discount; graduated in December...) so now I'll have a choice once that arrives.

But so far JCreator is heads and tails above everything else I've used.

Thanks, all!

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Eclipse is excellent, best IDE I've seen for any language. But it requires a fairly decent machine (especially memory) because it does a lot of error-checking as you type (this is one of its strong points, you almost never get compile errors). If you get it make sure you go to Help > Tips and Tricks > Java Development to see all the features, there are many nice ones that aren't obvious at first sight.

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Yes, go eclipse or go home ;-). It really is worth learning how to setup and everything. There are a few kinks, but once you get it up and running, and configured, it's the best IDE out there. I wish there were a properly supported C++ IDE for it as well (i think there was some plugin, but I don't know how good it was).

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I'm a recent NetBeans convert. I was using Eclipse for a couple of years because Netbeans frankly sucked eggs. However, I checked out 4.1 when it was in beta. It's a different application now, and I'm finding it more comfortable than Eclipse to work with.

JCreator is nice for quickies, but it just doesn't match the productivity of Eclipse and Netbeans.

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Eclipse is excellent, best IDE I've seen for any language. But it requires a fairly decent machine (especially memory) because it does a lot of error-checking as you type (this is one of its strong points, you almost never get compile errors). If you get it make sure you go to Help > Tips and Tricks > Java Development to see all the features, there are many nice ones that aren't obvious at first sight.


I run Eclipse on a 3.0Ghz P4 /w HyperThreading and 768MB of RAM. When running Eclipse, Jboss, Exchange, and Firefox all at the same time I find myself thrashing the HD for virtual memory. I constantly stick up for Java not being a hog, but guys, it's a downright resource pig. I would avoid any Java based IDE if you could.

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