A trusted old standard that works, but isn't necessarily a shining star
March 03, 2018

A trusted old standard that works, but isn't necessarily a shining star

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Eclipse

Our company uses Eclipse as its integrated development environment for building Java web applications and testing/integration applications with Oracle Utility Billing.


  • Flexibility and openness. Eclipse provides the ability to accept numerous open source plugins related to code syntax review, runtime server integration, code repository, and deployment.
  • Open Source. Downloadable and free, frequently updated, and supported by a large developer community.
  • Easy to use. Eclipse supports numerous views/layouts based on the types of development, debugging, testing, or performance results you are looking for.


  • The UI is beginning to look a bit dated out of the box. Visual Studio as an example, has made vast improvements and has driven forward with a better user experience.
  • Eclipse can have some slight responsiveness issues (slowness) in a Windows environment and the JVM may be part of the cause.
  • Eclipse is sometimes challenging to set up and install with its various dependencies in a Windows environment
  • Has allowed me to create monetized Java based web applications for very little cost (no expensive IDE software costs)
  • Has provided me with a industry recognized and supported tool which supports future proofing my development tools for 10+ years.
  • I find that updating or upgrading version of Eclipse has been easy and has not caused undue pain or wasted time
I selected Eclipse because it was the standard used to develop Java applications. I was familiar with the product when I branched out and began solo development. At the time, paid products were simple enhancements on top of Eclipse and while there are code editors out there, I did not find complete open source packages other than Eclipse.
Great for open source Java development. I have experience using it to create Java web applications that run on Apache/Tomcat and use a MySQL DB. I am aware, but have not used many of the large volume of plug-ins that exist. I would recommend it to others because it provides a low-cost way to jump-start development by individuals or small-businesses.


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