What we love and hate about Java IDEs – Conclusion

Over the last two weeks I took a look at Eclipse, Intellij’s IDEA and NetBeans IDE’s and wrote what we love and hated about it, In the final part of this series of articles about integrated development environments (IDE) we conclude the series.

Which is better?

Both Eclipse and NetBeans offer very similar standard capabilities, such as auto-complete options for Java code which are selectable from menu (saving all the typing out, and you get pointers on debugging code optimization. GUI builders, version control and other IDE features are also found. IntelliJ IDEA In Community edition, supports Java, Scala XML XSD, DTD, Android, MAven, Gradle, Ant, Gant Build tools, Ultimate edition comes with HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL, Ruby, JRuby, Python and PHP.

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Based on a variety of user opinions some say Netbeans is easier to navigate in its standard form, however it becomes more difficult to grasp at an advance level when compared to Eclipse because you have to know what you are doing in Java, and with Eclipse is more of a learn as you go platform but is intuitive in some ways. IntelliJ IDEA is better set up for run-of-the-mill Java development and has the best GUI designer.

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So which is better? There is no right answer for this, its a lot to do with personal preference and what the user intends to use the IDE for, since each of these IDE’s are significantly different enough from one another and offer different things to different users which the other may or may not support. At IDR Solutions the one thing we do love the most about IDE’s is having such a wide range of choice and what we hate…that there is no perfect choice…

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This post is part of our “NetBeans article Index” series. In these articles, we aim to explore NetBeans in different ways, from useful hint and tips, to our how-to’s, experiences and usage of the NetBeans IDE.

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Alex Marshall

Head of Marketing at IDR Solutions
Alex Marshall is a marketeer and enjoys being creative and has a keen interest in technology, loves gadgets and is fascinated by both new hardware and software. He also has a soft spot for retro technology and classic cars. He is familiar with the world of Java, PDF and HTML5 and currently explores other areas in the world of tech.

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Alex Marshall is a marketeer and enjoys being creative and has a keen interest in technology, loves gadgets and is fascinated by both new hardware and software. He also has a soft spot for retro technology and classic cars. He is familiar with the world of Java, PDF and HTML5 and currently explores other areas in the world of tech.

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