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Ronald Melendez
Real User
Consultor Senior Front-End Javascript at SOAINT
Jun 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The download of the plugins is what I like the most since they can be easily integrated. For example, when working with Hibernate or with JPA, creating entities is very easy through a graphical interface. The plugins help to save time in development triple productivity. NetBeans has several good integration tools. For me, it is the most effective IDE for working with Java.

How has it helped my organization?

When you have to develop in Java, this IDE is ideal because it has many plugins that make your life easier. I can also add dependencies easily. The learning curve is easy and fast because the interface is simple and intuitive, enabling us to easily train developers who are not expert in metrics. Overall, for our company, it has been a good addition, as development times have been shortened using… more »

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like there to be better integration with Git, as there are IDEs such as Eclipse that offer this integration in a much more elegant way than NetBeans. In general, Netbeans is a very stable and complete IDE and does not have much to change in an eventual update since the features it has are quite complete.
Consultant
Senior Software Developer at Sollers Consulting
Dec 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Supporting of many applications servers, e.g., GlassFish and JBoss. It is just easy to integrate the application servers with NetBeans as well. It is easy to deploy, manage servers, and ORMS resources.

How has it helped my organization?

NetBeans has helped us to increase our productivity and defect solving since the IDE is smart. It has many functionalities, like debugging, auto compile, and auto resource resolving.

What needs improvement?

The debugging mechanize could be improved compared to IntelliJ, for example. The support of Groovy and Gradle can be improved compared to the other IDEs.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am currently using Intellij IDEA, because our company has asked us to use it.
Vendor
Programmer and Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 01 2017

What is most valuable?

* Free, quality, easy usage * Large scale of projects, templates, and coding support. * NetBeans Platform can be freely used as a desktop application base. All the functionality is prepared for me. I… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved organizational productivity.

What needs improvement?

Background scanning of sources on demand, disallowed by Options (processor usage, build cannot be deleted by the old version build). Angular2 plus its support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I worked in text editors, JBuilder, Eclipse, built-in editor in SilverStream AS 2.x to 3.7 (Novell exteNd now), BlueJ and others. The Eclipse Platform, too.

What other advice do I have?

I hope it stays free.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I use all accessible IDEs, free and natural to use. I have been interested in NetBeans and Eclipse Platforms. NB uses Swing and Eclipse SWT.
Real User
System Architect and NetBeans Dream Team Member at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the most important features is that Apache Maven supports it. Basically, you can open any Maven project in IDE without any additional configuration.

How has it helped my organization?

For the user who chooses to use it, they can start to work on the company's projects as soon as the IDE is up and running. No additional configuration is needed, just… more »

What needs improvement?

One of main areas that the tool can improve is performance. As with any tool, there are some use cases for which improvements would be welcome.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is an open source and free tool, with no changes, and the licensing allows me even to change source code, if I need.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, I did. I switched because I felt comfortable and productive using NetBeans.

What other advice do I have?

IDEs are tools and each developer should be able to choose any tool that fits them better. I recommend NetBeans because it is easy to use, open source, free of charge, and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have tried Eclipse IDE. It did not feel natural to me, so I came back to NetBeans.
Consultant
Senior Software Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Aug 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* Linux native makefile support * Simple setup * Free * Multi-project support * C++ 11 support (for a long time) * Simple project configuration

How has it helped my organization?

I use Vim for all small code changes, but I prefer using IDE for the following operations: * When I want to work on large new code, and to move/copy code from file to file… more »

What needs improvement?

Debugging: Watches, Evaluate Expression, and data inspection are limited. Memory: Still uses a lot of memory, and a little slow before starting a run or debug session. UI… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is free, which is great! I am sad that CLion is not free. Currently, it has no support for Linux makefiles, only cmake, and this is a big mess.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used KDevelop for at least four years, Vim, and Notepad++ on a Samba drive in previous companies. In this company, we looked for a free Linux IDE that would give the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I think that each developer should find his own C++ IDE. It seems Eclipse is now supporting C++ very well. I just play with it and, in two minutes, import our projects… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. KDE, Eclipse, and various free products.
Vendor
Full Stack Web Developer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Aug 09 2017

What is most valuable?

It comes out of package fully-loaded with a lot of great features for web development.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped my team develop better because of its versatility and functions.

What needs improvement?

It is a very heavy load on the computer, especially when you compare with Sublime Text Limited plugins and themes. The forum is terrible, so any issues, you are pretty much on your own.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used several other options, this is the best so far in terms of general usability.

What other advice do I have?

It’s a great option for web development.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* WeBuilder * Notepad++ * Aptana * JetBrains * Atom
Consultant
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

* Maven support * Developer Productivity * Server Support * Complete Tool Suite * Extensibility

How has it helped my organization?

Developer Productivity.

What needs improvement?

There are always rooms for improvement for any product. The good thing with NetBeans is that since it is Open Source, you can just go ahead and contribute whatever you… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

NetBeans is free and open source. It has been donated by Oracle to the Apache Foundation, and is currently in the Apache Incubator which will make it the only IDE in the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to use Eclipse but switched mainly because of the superior Maven support in NetBeans.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it! You’ll never look back!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The only relevant competitor to NetBeans is IntelliJ IDEA from Jetbrains, but this is a commercial product and not free as NetBeans.

What is NetBeans?

NetBeans IDE. The Smarter and Faster Way to Code. Quickly and easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, PHP, C/C++ and more. NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.
NetBeans customers
Weyco Group Inc.