Why not use NetBeans to compile and build Compiere

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Why not use NetBeans to compile and build Compiere

Postby red1 » Thu Sep 02, 2004 5:46 pm

This was asked to me by a participant.
Its a good question. Actually i have only begun to used an IDE and not really set on any particular one so i could make a choice from many options. I used JBuilder to edit Compiere Source before Eclipse. I have also browse thru JDeveloper (Oracle) and IDEALJ. Actually I often do compiling using the Utils-Dev\RUN_Build.bat instead of the ant build.xml in Eclipse which also works the same way. Both are ok.

About Netbeans, i have heaed that it came out first before Eclipse which is newly introduced last year.
The point on why I choose Eclipse above all else is:
1) It is heavily invested by IBM with USD40m prior to Open Source
2) There are many books and literature on Eclipse
3) It is built using an all plugins platform, dont know if NetBeans is like that.
4) Eclipse growth is phenomenal, with many parties building more plugins on it.
5) I cannot afford to learn too many things! :shock: Everything has a learning curve, so i invest more time on one particular product and specialised on it so that u can make the most out of it. This last point is most important, because if we stick to one thing until we are good enough then we can really be most productive.
6) I decided as early as possible which platform to use and stick to it.

If your team has been using NetBeans for some time and already invested time as well as most productive using it, then i advise that you stick to it, and only consider changing when you have finished with present project and about to move to one. You have to consider that it take up to 3 months to be highly proficient with a new tool. Its like changing cars.
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Postby red1 » Tue Oct 05, 2004 7:11 am

I refer to 'Contributing to Eclipse' authors Erich Gamma/Kent Back: "User as Programmer may seem far-fetched, but Smalltalk saw many cases where non-programming professionals wrote apps uniquely suited to their own needs by learning a little at a time, and by example. The key to enabling user programming is to structure the environment to encourage learning, giving the user a little payoff for a little investment and a little more payoff for a little more investment". And Voila! Eclipse is born!

And a smaller voila! "red1.org is born".

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Re: Why not use NetBeans to compile and build Compiere

Postby exobrain3000 » Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:21 pm

red1 wrote:About Netbeans, i have heaed that it came out first before Eclipse which is newly introduced last year.


Eclipse has been around as far back as 2001. It’s only been used as an IDE for compiere in recent times.

Another reason to use Eclipse is for SWT, which you can use to develop Java GUIs that run twice as fast while consuming half the memory of an equivalent Swing/AWT application.

It's a pity compiere's client is not written in SWT, guess it's a bit too far down the track to be changing sides now.
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Postby red1 » Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:53 pm

Hi brain,
thanks for the correction. and the thinking on whats ripe and whats hardened :D

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