aksarben wrote:When talking about Eclipse 3.7 I certainly agree. Eclipse 4 is okay when you put the look & feel back to classic, but many people I know who use it have performance problems with it, including myself.
To prevent you from getting the impression that NetBeans is the favorite IDE of all developers: It isn't. I've used Eclipse for years and highly recommend it. It has a huge user community and wide acceptance. I think (though I haven't seen hard data) that it is the most used Java IDE.
gimbal2 wrote:Agreed: I have taught many new developers the basics of Java, and in all cases NetBeans has been the IDE of choice for the newbies. After they get their sea legs going, then they can pick and choose what they like, but to start off with: an out of the box running IDE that is almost transparent to learn and use is NetBeans.
Netbeans is however a little more "contained" than Eclipse because it is more aimed at having features built in, in stead of through plugins which in case of Eclipse are often delivered by third parties. As such for people new to Java or programming in general, I see it as a more friendly starting point.