Best IDE for building JSP pages

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This is just for educational purposes. I want to build some JSP pages for a university project, and I'm looking for a J2EE IDE (better if free), but I'm, not sure which is best or easiest to use. I have taken a look to Net Beans 3.6 and I like it, but it's too heavy for my computer. Also I tried Eclipse with the Lomboz plug-in to integrate it to JBoss, but I can't successfully create a "hello world" page. I would like to hear your suggestions of the best IDE, and if you know where I can get Eclipse manuals or examples for building J2EE apps. Thanks for your help.

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Altova XMLSpy 2005 is one of the latest jsp editors. IT has intellisense for quick coding and can also handle xml, xslt, etc.

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  • Juncool
    try JCreator, download it from http://www.jcreator.com John 3:16 :=)
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  • Dicemancometh
    NetBeans is free and good. www.netbeans.org
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  • Cjpeltz
    carlosdl - The Eclipse environment is probably one of the best all-around, flexible framework for IDEs. While you mentioned the Lomboz plug-in, there are actually a handful of J2EE development plug-ins for Eclipse that support JSP development. You can visit the Eclipse Plug-in Central site (http://www.eclipseplugincentral.com/) to see a list of available plug-ins. From this site, you can view some of the J2EE development tools available today. One plug-in that has gotten very good reviews is the MyEclipse Enterprise Workbench. You can download a 30-day trial eval of this plug-in at: http://www.myeclipseide.com/ Good luck. --------------------------------------------- Chris Peltz, Software Technologist Hewlett-Packard, Applied Technology Office chris.peltz@hp.com
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  • Mulkers
    You might aswell need other kind of functionality from your IDE. Maybe a Struts configuration editor or a JSF toolbox could be worth the money. The J2EE platform you use might also influence your choice as J2EE vendors do have in general a companion IDE. ex: Websphere/Webshpere studio, Weblogic/Weblogic Workshop, Oracle App Server/JDeveloper, etc etc. I use Eclipse 3 and myEclipse 3.8.2, that combination provides me most of the functionality I need, including several JBoss versions support. myEclipse costs 30$ per year but you can try freely for 30 days. Regards. Robin
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  • AnwarFarooqRana
    I think NetBeans has superb support for java, jsp and jsf
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  • TomLiotta
    I'd go with NetBeans first. Second, I'd use Eclipse. Both are strongly supported and widely used. NetBeans is better for earliest experience. Eclipse may be better for higher complexity.   After using those two, you can review other more specialized IDEs and choose any one that works best for a specific project.   By now, I'd expect carlosdl has his own opinion. But the question is still totally valid.   Tom
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  • carlosdl
    Yep, the question is almost 8 years old, but it's still valid. -I'm currently using Oracle's JDeveloper with the ADF framework, which simplifies developing Java EE applications a lot (but requires Oracle's Web Logic application server)
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