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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Barry,
Do you recommend/teach an IDE in "Java for Dummies"?
 
Barry Burd
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The two most popular IDEs are IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse (with IntelliJ IDEA gaining in popularity over Eclipse). The third most popular IDE is NetBeans. After that, there are IDEs that don't show up a lot on surveys. For example, BlueJ is good for Java education (with a particular emphasis on the object-oriented programming idea). You can also use no IDE at all. If you use Windows, you can compose code in Windows Notepad and type commands in the Command Prompt to compile and run programs. (I don't recommend doing this, but it's good to know that it's possible and that Java is not the same as a Java IDE.)
Beyond reading people's comments about IDEs, the best way to choose an IDE is to download a few of them and try them out. Once you become used to using a particular IDE, the clicks and keystrokes become part of your muscle memory so you hardly ever think about using it.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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