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I found Netbeans to be lighter than Eclipse, and after having to use it for a semester I prefer it. Java has a lot of quirks, and writing perfect Java code without syntax checks can be a bit tedious, so I wouldn't recommend a basic text editor like Notepad++ for anything other than viewing code.
    
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eclipse is the right answer to your question. especially if you know the alt+shift shortcuts. most noobs do not and use netbeans. wink.gif

I've used eclipse every day for 8+ years now. I cannot understand why people use other tools. It's been a few years since I tried netbeans, last I checked it was moving in an upward direction, but the refactorings and hot-swap debugger were still a joke. And the eclipse project is really community driven with plugins for everything java development and beyond so it's a clear winner.

The continuous compilation IS really nice for a beginner but you quickly get over it.

I do see some value in starting out with a plain editor and the command line. When you get to the point where you can get your ideas out fast enough to where the cycle of edit/make/run is slowing you down it's a good point to use an ide. Actually the need for a visual debugger would even precede that..
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Dam I need to try this sometime soon. College starts soon and I need to get familiar with java.

Can you guys recommend any starting tutorials online? I will have some time Friday to mess around with this.
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I do object oriented programming at uni and we use BlueJ I suggest you use it as it is a great visual learning tool for beginning. This would be something to use to better understand the particular language at hand. For large projects of course i recommend eclipse.
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