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Krep Lock
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I'm not sure the best place to ask, so I'll try the Beginner forum.

I've been using the command line and TextPad to learn Java, but soon I'll want to use one of them fancy environments like Eclipse or NetBeans so's I can get a feel for working on actual projects. What would some of you suggest for my first IDE? Keep in mind I am a starving student who would prefer to spend money on meals, not pricey software.

I'm trying to get a good idea of what Java is used for and how it is developed in typical shops that hire junior programmers. I'm looking to understand what IDEs do and why; I don't want an impenetrable black-box that does the work for me without knowledgeable direction from myself.

Thanks.
 
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Browse our IDE forum.
Eclipse is free and very powerful, however, since you are just starting out, try JEdit. It's a programmer's editor (supports code formatting, keywords) and you can add plugins as you need more advanced functionality (version control, server interaction, code generation, etc.).
 
gandharv pt
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Originally posted by Krep Lock:
I'm not sure the best place to ask, so I'll try the Beginner forum.

I've been using the command line and TextPad to learn Java, but soon I'll want to use one of them fancy environments like Eclipse or NetBeans so's I can get a feel for working on actual projects. What would some of you suggest for my first IDE? Keep in mind I am a starving student who would prefer to spend money on meals, not pricey software.

I'm trying to get a good idea of what Java is used for and how it is developed in typical shops that hire junior programmers. I'm looking to understand what IDEs do and why; I don't want an impenetrable black-box that does the work for me without knowledgeable direction from myself.

Thanks.



I have worked on many IDE's WASD,Eclipse and netbeans ...
You can start up with Eclipse since it is a opensource, You can visit eclipse website and download the same....Once you get familiar how you can fasten the coding process using IDE...youcan explore others also...Even netbeans is also opensource you can download it from Sun's website.Enjoy Java. Java is really fun.
[ February 26, 2008: Message edited by: gandharv pt ]
 
Jess Ryan
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I've used Eclipse and Netbeans and would heartily recommend Netbeans to you. I find it much cleaner and easier to understand/use, as well as less buggy and faster.
 
John Grath
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Try using Eclipse. It's free, easy to use and the most commonly used editor in enterprise development.
 
Jeff Rummings
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+1 eclipse
 
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