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what development tools are you using for j2ee?

 
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Hi,
I am using a mixture of Eclipse and Homesite 4.5.1 and I must say that I am satisfied (No, I am not paid by IBM ). JBuilder or Forte might be equally good or better, but I don't know them so well.

Most useful features for me so far are:
- I see all methods and member-variables of my classes in a overview-window.
- time saving interface to jump to compilation- errors.
- I can access to all classes of a project through a windows-explorer like tree structure inside the tool.
- I can change method names automatically in whole project through refactoring feature.
- context sensitive these_methods_are_possible here_selectbox (know there is another name for that, cant remember )
- Html writing is much faster if you have a good tool. And writing of css is much easier.
Will upgrade to WebSphere Application Designer in the weeks to come, because its better and I have access to licence through company.
6 month ago I was a great follower of the the-more-easy-the-tool-better theory. But that changed. It really helps to save time and to retain overview.
Of course a tool does not save you from learning the specs-stuff.
But I think tools will come up with new really usefull features in the months to come. Saw some presentation about how to generate xslt, entity beans, sql-code with gui-tools of WebSphere Application designer. Although I cant remember anything it was really impressive.
They are including auto-generating of Design-Pattern conform code in the tools.
And because of pressure from Microsoft I think they will really try to fullfill their promises to not lock me to a specific j2ee server with the tool.

What do you use? What do you think?
Axel
[ March 09, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
[ March 09, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
 
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I started with JBuilder but switched to Forte for Java Community Edition finding it really interesting with lots of features. Continuing that in my job...
 
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The most important thing to me is server-side debugging. With JBuilder 6 I can debug EJB or servlet code deployed on a remote Weblogic server.
This is pricess.
 
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