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Top developers need top programming tools

09.23.2010
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It's a sign of good craftmanship to permanently assess the tools you use, look out for what else is available and re-adjust your toolset in order to improve the way you perform the art od coding.

InfoWorld has evaluated four most popular Java IDEs - Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans and JDeveloper, compared them and distilled their findings into a side-by-side comparison article. My IDE scored the highest. How did yours?

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Borne Mace replied on Thu, 2010/09/23 - 8:58am

If you remove what is the most subjective part of the review, ease of use, eclipse wins by a fair margin. It isn't that it doesn't take a little getting used to. But once you are used to it the time spent is well worth it IMHO.

Cristian Vasile... replied on Thu, 2010/09/23 - 12:32pm

@Borne: give IntelliJ a chance for one or two months and you will never go back. Guaranteed. Hapened to me and to many of my friends.

Alessandro Santini replied on Thu, 2010/09/23 - 12:37pm

I think that the comparison is flawed from two points of view -

  • Mixes commercial and free tools;
  • Ignores a wealth of other Eclipse distributions which come with pre-bundled, pre-tested plugins.

Having said that, and carefully trying not to open a flame bait, I think that NetBeans and Eclipse win hands-down over NetBeans primarily for their features/price ratio. IntelliJ was a very nice tool but it is nowadays bloated with things one does not always need.

As a foot note, I believe that top developers are capable of achieving what they have to do irrespective of the tooling they have to use. I have rarely seen a chef blaming a kitchen for not having the brand of oven they want.

Mark Haniford replied on Thu, 2010/09/23 - 3:52pm in response to: Cristian Vasile Mocanu

No, it's not guaranteed.

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