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developerWorks: Migrating to Eclipse: A Developer's Guide to Evaluating Eclipse vs. JBuilder

Sep 20, 2004, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Gallardo)

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"Eclipse, the open source, extensible integrated development environment, has been attracting a lot of well-deserved attention lately. It's always had its supporters, something many people found baffling when it lacked features that were long common in other IDEs such as JBuilder. Developing software is mostly (but not entirely) about writing code. No matter how many features an IDE provides, if it gets in the way of that essential task, it's going to hinder rather than help the programmer. That's why many programmers have long preferred a simple text editor to an IDE.

"Interestingly, many early adopters of Eclipse migrated from text editors rather than from other IDEs. This, of course, explains why they didn't mind the lack of features. For many, this was the first IDE that didn't get in their way and simply let them get on with their work..."

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