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What is the Best IDE to Use for JAVA?

Updated on November 1, 2013

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What are the best Java IDE’s for Java Programming

Using a user friendly Java IDE for Java Programming is a big factor in learning the language. The Java IDE must have a good user interface, user-friendly and popular to other Java Programmers so that if there are problems arise, there are many people the learner can turn to ask for questions and answer his confusions. The best Java IDE’s that have these qualities are Netbeans IDE and Eclipse IDE. There are many Java Programmers around the world, who are using these IDE’s in their Java Programming Journey. So, there are also many studies and shared experiences about these 2 IDE’s available in the web. The installers are also free and available, you can have a guide on Netbeans IDE installation here, and Eclipse IDE installation link here. These links would give you the installations processes and latest download links.


The Netbeans IDE

Netbeans IDE is good for beginners. You can learn Java Programming using Netbeans IDE right here. The Netbeans Website also has lots of tips available for everyone. Besides, Netbeans is not just one of the most popular Java IDE’s for Java Programmers but also an IDE which has a good educational help support right inside the IDE Application. Try to read some of those, they are helpful.

The Eclipse IDE

I also have a tutorial on how to make your first program at Eclipse IDE here. This is a guide for the first time users of Eclipse IDE. It is just simple, you can code and make your own Java Program within minutes. Plus there are also many example Java Source codes in this site, see the link at the end of this hub, you may want to try some of them.

Netbeans and Eclipse, Which is Better?

One factor of a good IDE is the autocomplete function. User-friendly interface plays a big role too. Though eclipse has a good interface but Netbeans has a better interface and auto complete function. This might be subjective, but you can try to install the two for comparison. I prepare Netbeans because I feel more comfortable using it. Besides, I find Netbeans coding color system pleasing to the eyes and more sophisticated compare to eclipse. But as I said, it might be subjective, it is better for me, but you might find eclipse IDE better for you. Either way, having both IDE’s is much better, don’t you think? I think so, anyway I have both installed on my PC! So, try the two and let yourself decide! Happy Programming!

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      denden mangubat 4 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      i have neatbeans but i dont have any programming skills.can u help me

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      Rasna Aisha 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi Imran,

      Thanks for the input. There are many IDE's for Java programming. As the hub says, the best IDE for Java might be a bit subjective. Each of us must find an excellent IDE in which we are comfortable with. Giving ideas to our fellow might help them to find the best IDE that suits both their taste and coding ability. Glad to know you are comfortable with BlueJ.

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      Imran 4 years ago

      I just started an introductory course in Java, and we used BlueJ. I found it to be an excellent IDE for beginners