NetBeans vs. Eclipse (Again)

Because of some driver problems I had to reinstall Windows 7 on my notebook (Yes, I use Windows!). This took a while and then I was ready to install my IDEs. I use Eclipse an NetBeans in parallel, depending on what the customer uses.

Again I recognized an extreme difference in the installation procedure. Here the steps I had to do:


  1. Download IDE and, hey surprise, GlassFish is bundled as well!
  2. Install it
  3. Run NetBeans
  4. Check out project from SVN. NetBeans asks me to download/install SVN. After a click and a restart NetBeans is ready to use.
  5. Start developing using Maven2, Java EE 6 and GlassFish


  1. Download Eclipse
  2. Download GlassFish
  3. Run Eclipse
  4. Decide if I want to use Subversive or Subclipse. I prefer Subclipse.
  5. Install Subclipse
  6. Install m2eclipse
  7. Install GlassFish integration
  8. Restart IDE
  9. Checkout project from SVN
  10. Start developing using Maven2, Java EE 6 and GlassFish

As you can see, NetBeans brings all you need and it’s very easy to install and use. Where as Eclipse doesn’t contain any plugins that are used these days in the industry (Maven2, Subversion, etc.)

To do a quick start I recommend NetBeans. And if you want to use Eclipse make a backup after you have installed all the plugins!