I am using the NetBeans IDE for my current site and I really like it for all the reasons I listed. I do the coding and the design at the same time so for me, this is a major plus.
You can use any of the NetBeans’ built-in editors to get started, but I think I would prefer the integrated debugger. It allows me to step through code much more quickly and to see the source code much more easily.
NetBeans has a pretty good IDE, but the integrated debugger is something people who use Eclipse and IntelliJ tend to like. It is worth your time to explore the IDE and IDE plugins.
The IDE plugins are the best way to go if you want to get good at web development. I use NetBeans for years and I still find that I can learn a lot faster with the integrated debugger. It is much more intuitive and is a lot less of a learning curve.
You can really get good at web development with integrated debugging in Eclipse and IntelliJ. Both of them are free and easy to use. While the IDE is much more advanced, it isn’t as difficult as other IDEs. The integrated debugger is much more powerful and has a lot of features. NetBeans IDE plugin is an excellent, powerful IDE. It is worth your time to learn it.
I’ve used IntelliJ for about 10 years but I know many people who have used Eclipse for years. The difference is that Eclipse is a great framework and IDE, but you have to learn a whole lot of other stuff that Eclipse doesn’t have that IntelliJ does. It is very frustrating but you can do a lot of the heavy lifting yourself with the integrated debugger, it’s easy and it will save you a lot of time.
The other major IDE is IntelliJ IDEA. I have never used this one personally. I use Eclipse, but I am not a Windows user. I try to use both, but I don’t really care between which one. I do know that the IntelliJ IDEA community is small and I think a lot of developers just jump ship from Eclipse without trying to stay on the Eclipse side.
The IntelliJ IDEA developers have an active community, but there’s only so much they can do until they get Eclipse up and running. Eclipse is a better IDE by a significant margin, but still, I think the IntelliJ IDEA community is pretty small. I have heard that Eclipse has a lot of new features (and bugs) that are very easy for the community to do, but IntelliJ IDEA is still very new and still growing.
I think Eclipse is a good choice because it gives you the freedom to learn and experiment and take things further, but IntelliJ IDEA is the better choice because it gives you lots of tools that will help you get your job done, and has a more active community and a much stronger community.
I’m a big fan of IDEA and I’ve been using it for years. I have to admit that the community is a little “slow” to me, but that’s actually the good news and bad news. The bad news is that the community is a bit slow, and that most people don’t really use the tools that an Eclipse plugin will help you with. The good news is that the tools that the Eclipse plugin will help you with are pretty awesome.