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Intellij or Netbeans for learning Java?

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Hi everyone,
I'm new on here and looking to pick up Java once more after spending a bit of time on it at uni with BlueJ and NetBeans. I've been getting to grips with Intellij and I'm interested to hear about preferences.
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Welcome to CodeRanch Vanessa.

I'm not too sure if there is an easy answer to your question as each person will most likely have their own reasons for using the IDE that they are using.
Here are some opinions on IDEs:
  • Many of the mainstream IDEs/editors have good documentation and strong/helpful communities to help out.
    I suppose the main question is "What are your goals?". You don't have to answer that here, but you should attempt to answer that before too long.

    You have chosen to learn Java for a reason and some IDEs appear to have better support in certain areas then others. Plus your background would influence your choice.
    Some people may have a strong background with Microsoft Visual Studio, so they would probably gravitate to an IDE like Visual Studio.
    Other may have previous experience using Eclipse for other development in the past.
    Some companies may force you to use a specific IDE, so knowing more then one is not a bad thing.

    If you are going for Java certification then I would recommend against using an IDE.
    IDEs are great for creating production code, but they hide many things which a someone should know which may be on certification exams.
    Plus, knowing how to do things without an IDE can be very helpful if you are forced to use a system where you cannot install your IDE.
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