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Score 7.8 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

NetBeans

If your organization works with developing or supporting Java applications and is focused on running efficiently with a lean budget, NetBeans would be a good choice to consider.
If your development staff uses other languages, or prefers a high level of available professional IDE support, it may be better to consider a paid option if your budget allows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

This is an absolute must have for any IT professional to have in their toolkit, especially if there's a possibility of utilizing programming languages. If you have to create or modify scripts, or even do basic HTML editing, this software is for you. I would think that users outside of IT wouldn't have much of a need for this software, though.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

NetBeans

  • We can indent code very easily, we can define rules for the indentation of code in every computer language and it will follow accordingly.
  • The checkpoints in the code really work well in case if we want to debug issues in our code.
  • History of our saved code is really one of the best feature of NetBeans. Sometimes due to power failure or any other glitches we have lost our saved code but history of code really helped our team.
  • Comparison of code across different files is also a good feature to know the exact difference between code of different developers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

  • Text Manipulation - You can easily edit and reorganize large sets of text. It's an amazing text editor.
  • Plug in Support - There are so many plugins. My favorite is the difftool. Takes two files and shows you were the differences are in each one.
  • Multiple Language Support - Supports the syntax for many languages, some that don't have IDE support like Visual Studio. Helps with writing code.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetBeans

  • Sometimes the code hints are a little intrusive and need to be 'turned off', I like my code to pass inspection but situations like 'too many nested blocks' prevent previously functioning code to pass new versions of the program hints.
  • If you have too many projects open, Netbeans takes quite a while to load. I need to go grab a cup of tea and come back. As a result, I jealously guard how many projects are open at a time.
  • Code completion and PHP platform function helps can occasionally be more of a curse than a blessing. Constant 'pop ups' of hints, suggestions make coding a bit aggravating, I do not actually turn it off, but am tempted.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

  • It is only available for Windows (sorry, Linux and Mac users!).
  • It lacks some of the features of higher-order integrated development environments or code editors like Visual Studio Code, such as integration with Git or other versioning tools.
  • It works best for small text files and lighter tasks such as indenting text blocks you copy and paste from elsewhere. You could use this for all your programming needs, but there are better options out there for a primary tool for that purpose.
Joel Tanzi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetBeans

NetBeans 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Netbeans enhances my coding work, shows me where I have errors and helps find variable instances. I would be lost without find/replace in projects functionality as I use projects as templates for new projects. Occasionally the code hints aggravate me, but I understand that it is actually making me a better coder, working to get the 'green light' of a clean file with no errors or clumsy code.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

NetBeans

NetBeans 7.6
Based on 7 answers
NetBeans has a very strong user community. We can find solutions here for almost all the problems we face. In addition, we can forward NetBeans Support teams the problems we cannot solve. We can get quick feedback from the support teams, but I generally try to solve my problems by following the forums.
zahit bogus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

Notepad++ 8.7
Based on 28 answers
I haven't needed to utilize any support related to Notepad++. I guess this is a good thing because I found it to be quite intuitive. There are almost infinite features you can tweak and plugins you can download but I haven't had to do that because Notepad++ is really good right out of the box.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetBeans

NetBeans is open source and is freely available to use making it economical compared to Visual Studio IDE. It is fast compared to Visual Studio IDE. More Diversified Libraries are available with NetBeans to work on as compared to the Eclipse IDE. It can be used even by novices very easily.
Kunal Verma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

I have evaluated UltraEdit. At $99 for an individual license, UltraEdit is quite expensive. Notepad++ is FREEAdditionally, UltraEdit has a much larger footprint and is therefore relatively slow to load. For these reasons, I choose to use Notepad++ as my primary editor
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetBeans

  • By working on Netbeans I just learned one more tool and can teach others about it. One should learn every tool so that it might help someday if another editor is not available and you have to use different software for your work.
  • Compiling code became easy as it is not a feature of normal text editors. Only IDE can do this.
Piyush Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Notepad++

  • The reduced time it takes to read and analyze code due to Notepad++'s features (color-coding syntax, automatic formatting), has increased personal productivity of all users.
  • Notepad++ being free and not requiring licenses means the department budget is not negatively impacted whatsoever.
  • The relatively small size of the application allows for a quick install. Additionally, the innocuous nature of the app makes it an easy candidate for installation for those in organizations where you are not an administrator and need help-desk approval in order to install applications.
Chris Oros | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetBeans

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Notepad++

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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