I am so used to an IDE, I could barely code without one. Here are some of the features of the IntelliJ IDE I use constantly:
Dave Dyer has written an essay comparing the various vendor IDE offerings. Also see the JavaWorld reviews.
IBM (International Business Machines) ’s Visual Age was impressive, but it did not integrate well with other tools such as code beautifiers, editors and source code version control.
I mostly work with IntelliJ IDE, but I also use Slickedit because it is a powerful combo that is much lighter on its feet than any IDE. It also handles columnar editing which IntelliJ cannot handle.
Most IDEs don’t include a source code debugger. Ones I know that do include one are: Café, JBuilder, VAJ (Visual Age for Java), Forté, Eclipse, Netbeans and IntelliJ.
Bruce Ingalls email@example.com did much of the work preparing this table. If you can help fill in the blanks in the table, please send me an email. Don’t forget URLs (Uniform Resource Locators). It would also be nice to note which of these IDEs can do which sorts of refactoring.
The most commonly used free IDEs are Eclipse and NetBeans for advanced users and BlueJ for beginners. The most commonly used commercial IDE is IntelliJ.
|Codes Used in IDE Table|
|J||Java : any OS (Operating System) that supports pure Java|
|AFC (Application Foundation Classes)|
|BlueJ||FJ||Notes. Often recommended for people just getting started.|
|Bluette||F||by Hyung G. Kim of South Korea.|
|Chicory||FJ||class diagrams and other software engineering tools too.|
|Code Crusader||OL W?|
|Code Fusion||L||not to be confused with ColdFusion, a web server.|
|CodeGuide||$L||notes. Does syntax checking, completion and refactoring. This is Marshall Spight’s favourite ide.|
|Dr.Java||F||For people just getting started.|
|Eclipse||F||Does refactoring. Originally developed by IBM. Popular. It is an enormous project encompassing more than
just an IDE. SWT (Standard Widget Toolkit) is a crack at tackling the same problem Swing does. This is Jon Skeet’s favourite
IDE. It is the one I used to use. It is larger and more complex than JCreator. IBM is planning to replace
it with an even more elaborate IDE.
People who don’t like it find the interface non-intuitive. It is certainly not like anything else you have used. It also insists you lay your projects on disk its way which can be irksome unless you are starting an entirely new project. A class cannot belong to more than one project. It is the most popular power IDE.
Uses Visual Editor plug-in.
|ElixirIDE||FL||no longer supported|
|EMACS JDE||OJ (Orenthal James Simpson)||handles Java version 1.2. It also includes an obfuscator. Most passionately loved and hated editor on the planet. This is David Pollack’s favourite ide.|
|FieldBird||FJO||open source. lightweight.|
|FreeJava||now called RealJ|
|FrIJDE Free Java IDE|
|Gel||WF||Gel is written in Delphi, natively compiled for Windows. It is billed as working quickly on less than top-of-the-line hardware. Supports both Java and JSP (Java Server Pages).|
|Grasp||J||JGrasp is written in Java, good for beginners.|
|IBM Websphere Studio Application Developer||$||Comes in Application, Site or Enterprise editions. Great CVS (Concurrent Versions System) support with syncronizing, diffing and such out of the box, based on Eclipse, WSED (Websphere Studio Enterprise Developer) has JSP highlighting and code completion. Takes forever to start up on a P4 1.7 but has all the bells and whistles. for Application Developer. Last revised/verified: 2005-08-26|
||$||JetBrains Intellij Idea, written in Java. The IDE I use myself. Notes|
|J++||Microsoft’s variant of Java. They now have a language called C#.|
|Java Jake||F||available for UNIX, Windows, and MacOS9. simple, light weight fast, somewhat out of date.|
|Java WorkShop||F||Sun, aka JDE (Java Development Environment)|
|JBuilder||F$LW||From Codegear, bought from Inprise/Borland. Notes. Requires 256 MB RAM (Random Access Memory) to run reasonably.|
|JCoder||W||The entire download is only 2MB, so presumably this is a lightweight IDE that you would expect to run well on older equipment. I could not tell from the website if it were free.|
|JCreator Pro||$W||Free trial. Last revised/verified: 2005-08-26|
|JDE||based around EMACS (Extensible Macro System) editor|
|JDeveloper||JFLMW||Oracle’s offering. Many features. Now free. supports EE (Enterprise Edition) J2SE (Java 2 platform, Standard Edition) and J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) as well as web services and pl/sql development includes UML (Universal Modeling Language), code generation and editing, debugging, profiling, monitoring testing, deploying…|
|jEdit||It has plugins to add different functionality such as JBrowse and JavaStyle.|
|Jirvana||F||very slow response time. Be patient.|
|Jurtle||F||Logo-like turtle graphics and a beginner’s IDE for learning Java.|
|Kawa||$W||Simple to use. Now owned by Allaire. No longer being developed or distributed. Does not support Java 1.4.|
|Latte||Borland’s code name for beta JBuilder.|
|Metamata||Notes. Metamata is owned by Webgain that went belly up.|
|Mini Java Editor|
|MyEclipse||$||Ajax, Maven etc. features|
|Netbeans||F||Evolved into Sun Forté then to One Studio, then to Sun Studio. Download is 15 MB vs 85 MB for One Studio. Has an absolute layout manager that they automatically convert to GridBagLayout. So you do your tweaking in the absolute layout manager and then do the conversion. I found the GUI (Graphic User Interface) builder quite buggy, though nicely designed. It would let you add any kind of component. It built event handling code. You could cut and paste components. It handled many kinds of layout. The lastest version is reputed to be remarkably quick.|
|Netbeans Mobility Pack||F||Add on to Netbeads for J2ME development i.e. cellphones and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants).|
|OptimalJ||$||EE IDE by Compuware, built on NetBeans. Includes a package strucutura analysis tool.|
|Parts For Java||A Java IDE environment similar to Smalltalk.|
|IBM’s Rational Software Architect for Websphere||$$||very expensive. Does UML.|
|Ready To Program in Java||Java editor with minimalist IDE features for beginning Java students. Also runs on older and small windows desktop machines.|
|RealJ||formerly known as FreeJava, lightweight. good for students.|
|Revologic||workflow, pageflow, EE drag and drop|
|Source Navigator||L||particularly good at browsing networks of classes quickly finding what you are looking for.|
|Sun Java Studio Mobility||free for now||still in beta, for J2ME|
|Sun Studio||$J||née Forté, then One Studio, from Sun, requires fast machine with 512 MB RAM to work well.|
|SuperCede||bought by Instantiations and buried.|
|TJI||$FJ||light weight, designed for teaching Java. Lite version is free.|
|Visual Age||FA||IBM. Notes. Smalltalk-like project management. Replaced by Eclipse and IBM Websphere Studio Developer, Does not support Java 1.4.|
|Visual Café||$WM||now known as WebGAIN Studio.|
|webGAIN Studio||formerly Symantec Visual Café|
All four of these are built on top of the NetBeans base.
available on the web at:
optional Replicator mirror
Please email your feedback for publication, letters to the editor, errors, omissions, typos, formatting errors, ambiguities, unclear wording, broken/redirected link reports, suggestions to improve this page or comments to Roedy Green : . If you want your message, your name or email kept confidential, not considered for public posting, please explicitly specify that. Unless you state otherwise, I will treat your message as a letter to the editor that I may or may not publish in the feedback section. After that, it will be too late to retract it. If you disagree with something I said, especially when sending an ad-hominem attack, a rant composed mainly of obscenities or a death threat, please quote the offending passage and cite the web page where you found it, tell me why you think it is wrong, and, if possible, provide some supporting evidence. I can’t very well fix erroneous or ambiguous text if I can’t find it.
Your face IP:[22.214.171.124]
|Feedback||You are visitor number 62,579.|