Eclipse Callisto - 10 for the price of 1

by Paul Browne

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I have a colleague who is as much an advocate of the IntelliJ IDE for Java, as I am for Eclipse. So far, in the 'My Java Tool is better than yours' game, I can claim the low cost (free), the number of plugins (huge) and number of developers using it (no figures, but I suspect Eclipse is now the development platform of choice). His trump card for Intellij is that 'you download it and it just works' - no messing around with installing plugins for stuff like JSP and Enterprise Java editing.

While plugins are always going to be slightly messy (you don't get the gain of extensibility without some pain in the form of configuration), the Eclipse Callisto release , due in July, is another step in the right direction. It is a simultaneous release of 10 major Eclipse projects, including BIRT (reporting tools), Data Tools, Eclipse Web Tools, the Visual Editor , Test and Performance Tools and the Graphical Modelling Framework.

It may not be a 'download from one place and it just works', but by removing any integration issues, it will make your life easier. More Blogs

What do you think could make the Eclipse platform even better?


2006-01-20 13:30:59
About Intellij
Before my exposure to Intellij, I was a pretty die hard Eclipse user. Until that point, I really had no idea what I was missing.

Not only did it do what countless Eclipse plugins did out if the box, it did them better (less bugs, more features, better UI, etc.). It also just behaves "smarter". I also like the way it handles it's project layout a lot better.

Intellij is also free for open source projects and they have a pretty lengthy list of plugins (free and commercial).

I am glad to see that Eclipse finally getting it's act together but I'm afraid it's too late for me.

Mahesh Sooriarachchi
2006-04-12 11:36:44
I am using both IntelliJ and Eclipse. There are some features in IntelliJ that I really like, especially doing CTRL+N and CTRL+SHIFT+N to type in a class or file name, and the ability type the abbriviated class or file name (AAT for AllAntTests for instace). A similar feature is available for Eclipse named Open Type CTRL+SHIFT+T, but dosent allow you to type in abbriviations and cant find any file.

The biggest drawback with IntelliJ for me is the speed. It really sucks and can't keep up with my keystrokes on AMD64 3200+ system with 2G Ram. Also the parsing it has to do everytime you switch to other applications and back to IntelliJ really annoys me. Maybe with the release of JDK1.6 things will improve, but Eclipse rocks when it comes to speed.

Aaron Powers
2006-05-05 07:22:52
Mahesh -- also try "control-shift-r" in Eclipse -- it lets you find any file, not just classes.

Personally, I use both Eclipse and NetBeans simultaneously -- NetBeans for the great GUI editor formerly known as Matisse and for its XML editor.

Paul Browne
2006-05-06 03:45:08
Ctrl-shift-r (find any resource , not just Java classes but xml files , jsp files , any other file.

I couldn't live without ctrl-h (Global Search).

If you're developing in Java and Eclipse a lot, it's worth taking the time to understand the hierarchy view - allows you to see which classes call each other.

Final recommendation is to take a look at JBossIDE (at It's Eclipse based, but comes with a lot of the most used plugins already packaged and deployed.