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Netbeans 5.5(or my first blog entry on bsc!)

There are no more excuses for people not to use Netbeans as a development environment . . . It has excellent Struts support, it does all the cool things that Intellij would allow you to do, and it's open source!

Moreover, it's really fast, it does not cause my memory starved laptop to page-in/page-out constantly and is a joy to program with overall. And the excellent Swing component development features saved us a lot of time in our JBI demo last JavaONE.

I do work for Sun, but my choice of IDE has not been dictated by anything other than my comfort(and prejudices :-) Intellij was a wonderful java editor, but now I'm happy with Netbeans. The open-source makes me feel secure about having access to Netbeans or its mutations over time.

One minor thing to look out for though, I saw this in NB5.5 preview - the integration with tomcat creates a couple of server.xml and tomcat-users.xml files in different directories. One set in the usual tomcat installation, and another pair in the .netbeans folder in the users' home directory. Now it's been a while since I delved into Tomcat configuration(netbeans has been very good about abstracting me from it, and moreover JDBC data sources and authentication realms can be configured in the web-app WAR itself, in the new Tomcat versions) If you're writing code that needs authentication, and decide to use the tomcat-users.xml as your datastore for initial development-testing simplicity, the duplication of files causes some initial confusion as to where the tomcat-users.xml that matters is stored. The way to figure out which the right file is, is to look for which file has "ide" user.

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