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Offline codem2

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« Posted 2011-12-13 16:55:02 »

I'm new to Java so I am looking at various tools. I tried LWJGL with Netbeans and it seems pretty straightforward. Is there any benefit to using it with Eclipse? Is there a preferred IDE for game developers for any reason whatsoever, or is it really just personal preference? Any other tips are welcome.
Offline ra4king

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2011-12-13 17:10:04 »

Eclipse is just a lot prettier and nicer Smiley

But it's really just a matter of taste. Check out my thread that started a nerd war Smiley.

Offline impaler

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2011-12-13 17:10:40 »

There are differences between them but I wouldn't be able to say what to pick, as from a game developer's perspective, there are no real benefits (that I know of) to pick one over the other.

Each IDE (eclipse, netbeans, intelliJ) has its strengths and weaknesses and I think it is a matter of style and preference. I use eclipse. I have tried the other 2 as well and they all felt awkward but that is because I haven't invested enough time to become fluent in them. I use the keyboard a lot and although there are tons of cheat-sheets out there, I felt that eclipse is the most intuitive one for me as it was the first one I used.

This is probably the same message you will get from the other camps (Netbeans and IntelliJ users) too.

I have picked eclipse because I did a lot of enterprise software and eclipse had really nice plug-ins to help me with that (eclipse, maven, hibernate, servers, sql, etc). I don't think that this is the case for game development as it is more code than other stuff so you're safe with anything that has good code completion and refactoring features.

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Offline Cero
« Reply #3 - Posted 2011-12-13 17:33:28 »

Is there any benefit to using it with Eclipse

not "really".
just use what you like, you can still switch later

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2011-12-13 18:11:11 »

I had performance problems with Netbeans, including insane CPU usage and memory leaks. It worked flawlessly for several years though, so I might have just f*cked something up myself. I'm on Eclipse now though.

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2011-12-14 08:10:55 »

I had performance problems with Netbeans, including insane CPU usage and memory leaks. It worked flawlessly for several years though, so I might have just f*cked something up myself. I'm on Eclipse now though.
I too experienced some strange CPU and memory usage using NetBeans. I mostly use eclipse unless I need to make some fancy GUI using swing Cheesy then I use NetBeans
Offline pitbuller
« Reply #6 - Posted 2011-12-14 08:47:37 »

Eclipse has better android support.
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