Eclipse eclipses the competition... Is there really any other option?
February 13, 2020

Eclipse eclipses the competition... Is there really any other option?

Bob Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Eclipse

Eclipse is our chosen IDE (Integrated Development Environment) of choice for all of our Java applications. We have been using it to build thick and thin client applications for the past 14 years to solve internal and external issues. Eclipse, with its plugin framework, allows it to be extended and integrate with most technologies providing a familiar environment no matter the technology used.
  • 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
  • Eclipse is free to use (ROI guaranteed).
  • New users may find it daunting to get started.
Eclipse beats all other Java IDEs in my honest opinion. I've tried NetBeans (among others) in the past for Java projects, but didn't see the same value which Eclipse provides. I have moved over to Visual Studio Code for Node.js, React Native and other JavaScript specific projects mainly because there is more community adoption which improves ease of learning the platform. Eclipse is still where I code 99% of the time.
Being that Eclipse is open source and has a massive user base, there is outstanding community support. There are also enterprise version which offers paid support if you're into that sort of thing. That being said, I would be amiss to not share that I have spent hours and sometimes days trying to figure out why something was occurring in the environment or trying to replicate an issue another colleague was experiencing but I was not.

Do you think Eclipse delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Eclipse's feature set?

Yes

Did Eclipse live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Eclipse go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Eclipse again?

Yes

Eclipse is my go-to environment for Java development. I've also used it for embedded, C/C++, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and more. Sometimes you need a few versions of Eclipse so it is easier to work between the different types of projects. Because Eclipse is open source there is a very large support base. I've used some of the enterprise versions of Eclipse before, but never really needed the paid features.