A new section on javaskyline.com highlights where to get downloads and information on the various IDEs and their plug-ins. It explores the kinds of IDE services available, and J2EE technologies supported, plus the state of plug-ins and architectural add-ons for six IDE makers: Borland, IBM, Oracle, Sun, TogetherSoft, and Webgain.
With added focus on server technologies , IDEs can greatly improve J2EE developer productivity. Writing and testing an EJB, a task that might have taken a whole day can be done in minutes with some J2EE enabled IDEs. IDEs have become very powerful. They can do this - and more.
Confessions of a command line addict: I have to admit that it is probably no longer necessary or even desirable to "do everything" on the command line. In general with new features for JSP, servlets, EJBs and in some cases Web services and JDO, these new IDEs provides fast and easy management of important services for various server technologies.
Wishing you the best of times on your IDE explorations.
richkatz at acm dot org / richkatz at earthlink dot net
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