Before I've switched to NetBeans my favourite IDE was JBuilder. It's a pity that they are not doing so well
lately, I mean it honestly, because I've been happily using Borland's products for a long time. I remember the old Borland Turbo Pascal, which was probably the first IDE I've ever used (not sure if I've used Microsoft Q-basic before but that's rather a parody on an IDE anyway). I cannot help myself and I'll post one sentimental screenshot:
Sigh, those were times...
Even when Java came around I continued using Borland's products, they were really good and I kind of got used to the workflow. Well, I'm not writing all this because I'm getting old and sentimental, but because I wanted to share with you my experience of migrating a project from JBuilder to NetBeans. I wanted to take a look at one of my older projects I wrote before I came to Sun. So I decided to try the new JBuilder import functionality of NetBeans. It's on update center for NetBeans 4.1, so I've installed it and used it to import the project.
To my suprise, it went smoothly, after importing the project it was compilable and I was able to run it as well. The project is not huge, but it has some dependencies like MySQL JDBC driver and log4j. After running it I only got some security exceptions from RMI (are you also always fighting with these?), for the rest everything worked. I don't know if it will work so easily also for more complex projects, I leave trying that on somebody else... Btw I've found this tutorial
after everything was imported. I'm the kind of person who reads manuals when there is no other possibility and I guess I'm not the only one like this, but maybe somebody will read it :-)