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JavaRanchers,

IDE advice!!! I am an experienced programmer, but have only done a little Java, mostly with BlueJ. I am gearing up to do some more challenging Java projects requiring a professional strength IDE. Most people I have discussed this with suggest either JBuilder or NetBeans. I installed NB last summer and failed to master it in a day or so of puttzing around. In a couple weeks I plan to dive in and get on top of some IDE. Recommendations? Horror stories? Advice?
 
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What type of projects you'll be working on ?
 
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I would go with either IntelliJ IDEA or Eclipse.
 
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There is ofcourse not one IDE which is the absolute best IDE.

Eclipse and NetBeans are the two big IDEs that the majority of Java developers are using and they are both very good and very complete. I'm totally addicted to Eclipse myself.
 
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I have tested NetBeans upside down. Found it to be quite capable. Its good at HTML, Core Java (I have not done a lot of J2EE stuff on it) and micro as well. It is cool with UML also. I suggest you to try the new version 6 with all the plugins.

I am sure you will like it.

Good Luck,
 
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