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So I just tried a few simple things with Eclipse.

One word: WOW.

I take back what I said before. Design by committee seems to have worked in this case somehow. Maybe it's because it is open source?

It's an amazing environment. All the features of IDEA and many others that IDEA doesn't have and I always wished it did. Variable names support suffixes to do refactoring! (IDEA doesn't). It has JUnit and Ant support built-in (including the JUnit and Ant code preinstalled and configured), along with other excellent features such as simple JAR file packaging and many of the best ideas of Visual Age (which I forgot to mention before as what would be one of my favorite environments if IBM didn't charge IBM price for it). A Build-as-you-edit process that guarantees code is always updated, and other things such as excellent CVS integration (with the default remote shell as SSH!!) and the same level of customization, code generation and refactoring as what I've seen in IDEA.

And it's open source, and it's free.

I'll have to try it for a bit longer, but it's possible that IDEA might have lost its crown...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on September 19, 2002 at 4:08 AM

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