XCode 2 has been recommended to me as an IDE for developing Java apps on Mac OS X.
From looking at the information about it it seems to be more geared towards developing OS X applications with a Java piece added as an after-thought.
Normally I would download it and give it a go but as the download is over 750Mb! i thought I would check here to see if it is worth my time. Is XCode any good for Java development stacked up against other freebies like Eclipse and Netbeans?
Hmmm... I've used Xcode a little, and it is a nice, responsive IDE. I wouldn't say that Java development was an afterthought as such -- it certainly isn't a second-class citizen in Xcode land, but Xcode's first master is Cocoa, yes.
If you want a full-on Java IDE, then Netbeans or Eclipse are a better bet for sure (assuming your machine runs them happily enough).
One thing: are you sure you need to download it at all? Xcode comes on the second disk in my Panther / Tiger installation packs as part of the Developer Tools suite.
Do the next thing next. That’s a pretty good rule. Read the tiny ad, that’s a pretty good rule, too.