I'm trying to like NetBeans - honestly!
By tdw on Jun 21, 2005
So, I duly gave up using the other IDE and started using NetBeans.
At the risk of being seen as a heretic, I actually prefer Eclipse most of the time. Its refactoring abilities seem to be way ahead of NetBeans, it is generally faster and I can navigate around it with more ease.
That said, and just to prove that I am open-minded, there are some things about NetBeans which I do particularly like, so I thought I'd just throw them out there and hope that I don't get fired for being a nay-sayer.
- Integration with Tomcat - top marks!
- JSP and particularly Tag library development.
- Ability to add all required imports in one mouse click.
- I can't get NB to tell me which imports, fields and methods are unused (I like this feature of Eclipse).
- Paging/GC. I suspend my system overnight and when I first go back to the NB screen, it takes at least 20-30s to page in. Eclipse is available for use almost straight away.
- Don't have fine-grained control over code styling.
- I'm sure there was something else, but it has eluded me for now.
However, the thing which is driving me completely insane at the moment is losing the menus.
At some time after starting NB, when I click on an NB menu, the menu box appears, but is just filled with blue-grey, making them unusable! I haven't found a way around this other than restarting NB, which is not a particularly elegant solution. If it weren't for the fact that I'm playing with JSP's at the moment, I would honestly drop NB like a stone and return to using Eclipse because of this.