Still struggling with NetBeans
By tdw on Aug 11, 2005
- After a random period (but at least once a day), the menus fail to paint, so you can't do many operations unless they're on the toolbar or you can remember the keyboard accelerator. The only way to clear this is to restart NetBeans!!!
- CVS integration. Well, where do I start ? Okay, so I accept that I'm using a development release, so I can't expect things to be perfect, but I could not figure out how to create a new project from existing sources in a CVS repository. Sure, I could just about manage to extract file from a repository into some location on my disk, but when I go to create a new project, NB seemed to want to copy the sources to a new location for the project. I'm sure there's an easy way to do this, but the fact that it is not intuitive (to me) is a major downer!
- Actually, this is a gripe from a colleague - that it appears to be darn near impossible to integrate a free-form project into NB in such a way that you can use all of the cool features of deployment to Tomcat/App Server etc.
That said, I also struggled with Eclipse yesterday in checking a project out of CVS. I wanted it to be a Java project so I could use all of the useful Eclipse features for Java projects, but it only offered me the option of an ANT builder. So, in the end, I checked the project out manually and then created a new Java project from the checked out sources.
All in all, both IDE's have some way to go in usability. For web projects, I think NB has the edge because of its good built-in integration with Tomcat/App Server. However, from a pure editing and refactoring perspective, Eclipse is a long way ahead in usability.