: : I installed the Java platform SDK, and I am runnig Netbeans as my IDE. It looks very complicated program to use and takes time to learn? Do I have to learn this IDE inside out or what?
: I use CPad, it is great. very easy, you have to know how to setup the compiler (not hard) inside whichever IDE you use. Stay away from GUI designers like netbeans. netbeans is buggy anyway, I found it useless.
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: Sean anderson
Hello, I've been developing with java for over a year now at College and I've used a few things. I've also been doing some scripting on the side with unreal tournament, and they suggest using Text Pad, which I found works great, so you could even use that for your source editing needs :)
At school we were taught on JBuilder 3 which doesn't have a GUI editor built in so you've got to do that all manually, a great way to teach, but this program doesn't have the "intellisense" aid that I've found extremely nice. I then took on a major project and developed it under J# which is part of the Microsoft Development Environment (.Net 2003). I love being able to drag and drop my interfaces and not have to worry about doing all the configuration manually which can take up a lot of time. I like being able to do that quickly and then put in more time to the actually programs inner workings.
So in summation, I totally recommend using an IDE like NetBeans (only played around with it, haven't done any major development) or even the latest release of JBuilder (JBuilder X I think...) - and if you're really feeling ballsy, dive into J# it's not too difficult to get your head around :)