Integrated development environment (IDE)

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    Random question. What IDE's does everyone use? I'm curious to see what's out there and what other people use.
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    es359 This question has been asked before. Many times, most likely. Seach "most popular Java IDEs" on google, and you'll get basically the same answers you would on here.
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    Personally, I use NetBeans because that's what our development team at work uses. However, I can say that when I'm interviewing new developers, almost all of them use/prefer Eclipse.
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    I used to use Netbeans, but I thought it was to much work.
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    Marten Mooij

    I use Eclipse... because i'm "old school"?
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    The most mainstream IDEs would be IntelliJ, Netbeans and Eclipse
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    It's all just about preference. Personally, I would try Eclipse first since most tutorials are done in Eclipse. Then switch if you feel more confident. However, Eclipse has become my home really for a coding IDE sooo yeah, I chose my IDE ;3
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    Eclipse if you're starting, and IDEA once you actually know what you're doing. IDEA is just so much smarter.
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    Nah, old school would have been saying that you prefer to use "vi".
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    mythbusterma Or Notepad++ if you're starting, IDEA once you know what you're doing.
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    I really hate NP++ though. It's incredibly obnoxious sometimes.
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    mythbusterma Well there are similar alternatives available :p NP++ has always been fine for me, though.
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    I use IntelliJ IDEA by Jetbrains and Eclipse by * Insert funny creator name here *
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    Eclipse Foundation?
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    I use Vim and emacs
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    ZeusAllMighty11 Retired Staff

    While it may seem nice to start them off using javac and notepad++.. just tell them to use an IDE. It's very rare you find someone that requires you to not use an IDE to write a program.

    I use IntelliJ Ultimate myself.
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    ZeusAllMighty11 I find it's easier to learn the importance of certain aspects when they're not done for you. I'll admit, I've never seen anybody who needs to start without an IDE, I just think that it's better to start like that.
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    ZeusAllMighty11 Retired Staff


    Sure, I agree javac is good to know :D
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    I do not use any IDE, I use a text editor with syntax highlighting and some shell scripts to make compilation and the jar file way faster than doing "javac -cp bukkit.jar" the whole time
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    After years of using eclipse I switched to IDEA just from curiosity and have been using it for just under six months or so. Eclipse and IDEA are both incredibly good and they both come with strengths and weaknesses. I'd say eclipse is the the best for beginners as tutorials are done in it and really it is laid out a bit more user friendly. IDEA is a pretty good alternative and has much smarter auto fill recommendations which can speed up your coding quite a bit.

    Since I've been in IDEA there are a couple of things that have incredibly bothered me though after using eclipse for so long. In IDEA...
    • There are no realtime compile errors in classes that aren't open. This is something that eclipse does extremely well and is enough of a drawback to stay with eclipse for the long run.
    • The importing on IDEA is incredibly not intuitive. Eclipse handles mass import changes much more efficiently and is more user friendly. While IDEA has automatic importing, it won't remove incorrect imports (for example when nms updates, you literally have to manually remove every single import by hand in IDEA) and it is a much much slower process going to each class 1 by 1.
    Other than those two things IDEA is better than eclipse in just about every way, but as I said, almost not worth it just due to those.
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