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    Default Eclipse on Mac

    I'm getting a Macbook Pro this summer for school. I was wondering if Eclipse on Mac is the same or close enough to JCreator on PC ?


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    Default Re: Eclipse on Mac

    Nope, eclipse is much better

    Eclipse is completely free and open source (note that this doesn't apply to all custom builds of eclipse or all eclipse plugins), is very user-friendly, and has tons of gadgets and tools over JCreator (many of them being very useful).

    Netbeans is another alternative to JCreator that is completely free. In my opinion, Eclipse > Netbeans, but in reality both IDE's are equally usable and packed with tools so it really depends on which you like better. Netbeans does come with a powerful Swing GUI designer by default, which will make setting up a quick GUI extremely simple (Eclipse doesn't have anything close to Netbean's Swing GUI designer that's free).

    Both IDE's are based off of Java so should work on any platform that a JDK can be installed on (even apple's hacked up version of the JDK).

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    Default Re: Eclipse on Mac

    Thank you very much helloworld

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    Silly question, but I still need to install the JDK to use Eclipse? Even though the JDK is only for PC/Linux?
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    Apple has their own version of the JDK on their website. I believe the JDK comes installed by default on Macs, too. As far as I know, it's fully compatible with JDK 1.5 (they may have a 1.6 compatible version out by now, but I'm not positive about this).

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    Default Re: Eclipse on Mac

    Is there a virtual machine that allows me to run JCreator on Mac? I have no experience with VM's so just wondering.

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    Depending upon which MacOS system you are running, you'll have either Java 1.5 or 1.6 installed (I believe Leopard was the first OS to allow 1.6). You can run windows directly on the intel macs if you wish (requires hard-drive partitioning and the installation of Windows OS). There is also software that is can run Windows virtually (and thus allow you to run JCreator), but it is slow because it has to run virtually and not directly.
    All that being said though, try Eclipse. As with any change in software there may be a tiny adjustment phase, but Eclipse is one of the better pieces of software you will find: its recursive foundation (open source IDE software that is written for developers - who use their skills to improve that very IDE) makes it, in my opinion, one of the best free pieces of software you'll find
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    Quote Originally Posted by copeg View Post
    Depending upon which MacOS system you are running, you'll have either Java 1.5 or 1.6 installed (I believe Leopard was the first OS to allow 1.6). You can run windows directly on the intel macs if you wish (requires hard-drive partitioning and the installation of Windows OS). There is also software that is can run Windows virtually (and thus allow you to run JCreator), but it is slow because it has to run virtually and not directly.
    All that being said though, try Eclipse. As with any change in software there may be a tiny adjustment phase, but Eclipse is one of the better pieces of software you will find: its recursive foundation (open source IDE software that is written for developers - who use their skills to improve that very IDE) makes it, in my opinion, one of the best free pieces of software you'll find
    Alright so bootcamp would be the way to go if I really wanted JCreator. Thanks for the help, very useful members on this site!

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