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Thread: Benefits of Eclipse?

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    Default Benefits of Eclipse?

    Hi,
    I am a newbie programmer and I heard from my friend that eclipse was the most helpful. Currently, I am using Jcreator LE version, but what are some of the better benefits of Eclispe(what does it have to offer that Jcreator doesn't)?


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    Default Re: Benefits of Eclipse?

    It's been forever since I've last used JCreator...

    I remember the biggest pitfall of the LE version of JCreator was the lack of a debugger. Eclipse also has great auto-complete and code generation functions, and the latest major release of Eclipse (Indigo) has a built-in GUI designer for AWT/Swing and SWT GUI design (it's one of my favorite GUI designers I've worked with).

    It's also completely free and open source, so feel free to try it out and see if you like it. Another good IDE (also completely free and open source) many people use is Netbeans. Personally I'm an Eclipse user, but the two have essentially the same functionality, it's just a matter of look and feel.

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    The ability of an IDE to know a language’s keywords and function names is crucial. The IDE may use this knowledge to do such things as highlight typographic errors, suggest a list of available functions based on the appropriate situation, or offer a function’s definition from the official documentation.[COLOR="Silver"]
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    Default Re: Benefits of Eclipse?

    Please don't resurrect ancient posts.

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    Default Re: Benefits of Eclipse?

    Advantages of IDE:

    1. Using IDE will cost you less time and effort .

    2.Navigation is made easier.

    3.Auto completion- one of the best features , you don’t have to remember all.

    4.Refactoring

    5.Error debugging is easy , you can easily navigate to Error line.

    6.All files can be viewed and managed at same screen.

    7.Organizing you imports.

    8.Downloading requires packages at ease.

    In addition to these specific Eclipse advantages are:

    1.It is free and open source.
    2.Industrial level of development
    3.It supports many other languages other than JAVA.
    4.Framework integration like Junit and TestNG and other plugins can be done easily.
    Since Eclipse tools are open source, they are quickly updated with the latest technology that can be integrated into existing code.

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    Default Re: Benefits of Eclipse?

    The biggest advantages in eclipse are:
    (eclipse is constantly assisting while coding)
    Code Completion, instead of digging through documentation you should be able to tab your way through methods and save yourself a lot of writing

    Refactoring, Global Find and Replace is no replacement for good refactoring support, that starts with renaming functions, variables, classes, ... and ends with some of the functionality that you can find in current Java IDE (IntelliJ for example)

    Syntax Checking, helping you out with writing correct code while you type
    We should also present some downsides of using Eclipse:
    - It is big and quite complex. Processing IDE simplifies lot of things, like adding a library.
    - Some things hidden by Processing have to be handled manually, and some things must be changed from standard sketches:
    * You have to do the base imports yourself; now Eclipse makes that dead simple, so that's not a major issue;
    * You have to remember to replace color type by int, add f at the end of float literals, don't use int() but (int), and so on.

    I would say the Eclipse is mostly for the advanced Processing developer, starting to have big sketches.
    Personally, I code Processing for years, but doing mostly quite small sketches, I haven't felt the need to use Eclipse for that. Despite the fact I use it daily at work, for a very large project.
    I don't use Eclipse for Processing, but I often use an external editor, PDE's one is lacking.

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    The biggest advantages in eclipse are:
    (eclipse is constantly assisting while coding)
    Code Completion, instead of digging through documentation you should be able to tab your way through methods and save yourself a lot of writing

    Refactoring, Global Find and Replace is no replacement for good refactoring support, that starts with renaming functions, variables, classes, ... and ends with some of the functionality that you can find in current Java IDE (IntelliJ for example)

    Syntax Checking, helping you out with writing correct code while you type
    We should also present some downsides of using Eclipse:
    - It is big and quite complex. Processing IDE simplifies lot of things, like adding a library.
    - Some things hidden by Processing have to be handled manually, and some things must be changed from standard sketches:
    * You have to do the base imports yourself; now Eclipse makes that dead simple, so that's not a major issue;
    * You have to remember to replace color type by int, add f at the end of float literals, don't use int() but (int), and so on.

    I would say the Eclipse is mostly for the advanced Processing developer, starting to have big sketches.
    Personally, I code Processing for years, but doing mostly quite small sketches, I haven't felt the need to use Eclipse for that. Despite the fact I use it daily at work, for a very large project.
    I don't use Eclipse for Processing, but I often use an external editor, PDE's one is lacking.

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