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Eclipse is a free and open source integrated development environment (IDE).

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Eclipse is a free and open source integrated development environment (IDE).

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Eclipse is a free and open source integrated development environment (IDE).

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The most common users of Eclipse are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Users commonly recommend using Eclipse for Java programming and Android development. They believe it is a versatile and powerful IDE that is user-friendly and helpful for any developer. Users also suggest trying out Eclipse to see if it works for you. They recommend becoming familiar with plugins in Eclipse and using it as a de-facto IDE for software development in Java and other top technologies. Additionally, they recommend considering other IDEs for languages other than Java. Users think Eclipse is simple and easy to use, but suggest trying other solutions that may be lighter. They mention that giving Eclipse more memory space can improve its loading time and highlight that it has more plugins than other IDEs. Comparison-wise, users think Eclipse is better than Netbeans and mention that it is slowly improving. Overall, users highly recommend Eclipse for developers and believe you will love it.

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Nikhil Puniyani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Easy To Use
  • Easy To Setup
  • Excellent Debug Options
  • Can Add Formatting and documentation
  • Git Section to maintain the code repository and resolve conflicts
  • Sometimes Maven projects are not able to connect to third-party libraries, this issue is very intermediate
  • Adding some external plugins will make Eclipse very slow and consume a lot of memory
  • Compatibility with other IDE e.g. Also observes if we import some other IDE project to Eclipse it gives some weird problems.
Tharsanan Kurukulasingam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Simple UI for development.
  • A lot of plugins to use. (Unit testing plugins, code formatter plugins, etc)
  • Eclipse is free.
  • Very suited for managing large projects.
  • Even though the UI is simple, Eclipse can work on its UI especially since beginners find it hard to find options and features.
  • I feel like eclipse can optimize its performance.
  • In my personal usage I am facing a lot of crashes when using multiple work spaces. I think eclipse can improve its memory management.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Free of cost
  • Easy to use and onboard with simple UI
  • Ton of Debugging options/features
  • Code completion is really solid
  • Sometimes it feels Eclipse is clunky and it takes a lot of processing power
  • It is great for some languages, but not all. It was hard to code in Java for example
  • Not too many integrations with other testing apps/3rd party apps
Ejaz Hussain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Support multiple plugins installation.
  • Simple & easy to use UI.
  • Support multiple programming languages.
  • Good debugging features.
  • Becomes slow at times when multiple plugins gets added
  • Intellisense doesn't work sometimes.
  • Takes a lot of memory when dealing with bigger projects
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Great IDE for Java programming
  • Lots of plugins and integrations, as it's open-source
  • UI is simple so it's easy to find everything you need for coding
  • The debugger is one of the best I've tried
  • When working with bigger projects takes up a lot of RAM and sometimes it crashes
  • Not so prepared for other languages than Java
Rajshekhar Sahu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Simple layout, no complex options are provided.
  • Boot up time is short compared to other IDE.
  • GIT integration is a good feature.
  • Good project management.
  • Nice debugger and auto complete feature is good.
  • There is no java-script debugger.
  • No customization allowed in the theme of IDE.
  • Switching perspective takes a bit much time.
  • Integration of tomcat server is a bit of a headache.
Bob Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Maven Integration and Support
  • Subversion/Git integration
  • Eclipse has a large foot print
  • Updated versions require you to build out your plugins and migrate your projects
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Eclipse organizes imports well and does a good job presenting different programming languages.
  • Eclipse auto formats source code allowing customization and increased readability.
  • Eclipse reports errors automatically to users rather than logging it to the console.
  • Eclipse has coding shortcuts and auto-correction features allowing faster software development.
  • Eclipse setup is long, non-intuitive and not user-friendly for beginners.
  • The documentation feature is so difficult that it is often not used.
  • The Project explorer is hard to read and not a good organizer.
  • Eclipse look and feel and not as appealing as IntelliJ.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Integration with database drivers.
  • Availability of plugins for pretty much any implementation that can be seamlessly integrated.
  • Ability to profile the code to identify memory and data leaks causing the application to slow down.
  • On some configurations, Eclipse can get extremely slow in responding, and its a known issue with many users facing similar problems. This is very inconsistent.
  • Some versions of Eclipse does not support the automatic code completion for JavaServer Faces and JavaFX tags.
Larry Reed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It is very good at managing many files under edit. I like the ability to manage multiple projects and multiple files. It supports a wide variety of file formats with type-specific syntax formatting.
  • I like the integrated debugging facility. In particular, we used a remote file system debugger with Python in external VMs to great effect.
  • I like the ability to access multiple types of databases in the integrated development environment. It provides connectors for a wide variety of databases and supports most basic DB access methods.
  • GIT integration is very effective. You can easily manage repositories and connect them to projects, and the project integration into GIT is virtually seamless.
  • While the DB integration is broad (many connectors) it isn't particularly deep. So if you need to do serious DB work on (for example) SQL Server, it is sometimes necessary to go directly to the SQL Server Studio. But for general access and manipulation, it is ok.
  • The syntax formatting is sometimes painful to set up and doesn't always support things well. For example, it doesn't effectively support SCSS.
  • Using it for remote debugging in a VM works pretty well, but it is difficult to set up and there is no documentation I could find to really explain how to do it. When remote debugging, the editor does not necessarily integrate the remote context. So, for example, things like Pylint don't always find the libraries in the VM and display spurious errors.
  • The debugging console is not the default, and my choice is never remembered, so every time I restart my program, it's a dialog and several clicks to get it back. The debugging console has the same contextual problems with remote debugging that the editor does.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Eclipse, through its library of tools, is exceptionally broad and can be customized to suit just about any situation.
  • Eclipse SAP HANA tools are the best way to manage a HANA database.
  • Eclipse SAP ABAP tools are the preferred way to develop CDS views and modern ABAP programs.
  • The biggest issue I have with Eclipse is probably its biggest selling point: it's so big that it can be quite cumbersome to get the appropriate tools and configuration set up for your use case.
  • I'd like to see (maybe) a lightweight distribution of Eclipse that comes with specific tools for specific purposes (SAP specifically).
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