NetBeans finally imports my Eclipse projects


After once declaring that NetBeans still coughs on spaces, I’m ready to declare that NetBeans has resolved this issue.

At my current day job, I’ve been using Eclipse almost exclusively. Not of my choice really. Sometimes while in Rome, you have to do as the Romans. These particular Romans like Eclipse, so I too must use it. And really I didn’t have a lot of choice because the Eclipse projects had spaces in their names…and NetBeans just pitched a fit over this, making an easy migration to NetBeans practically impossible without changing the projects. I don’t think NB really cared that spaces where in project names, but the Eclipse migration tool itself sputtered on it. Until now.

That’s right. This week after cursing Eclipse’s support of Javascript, I longed for NetBeans. I thought I’d give it another try. Using NetBeans 6.7.1, I imported my Eclipse projects and NetBeans appears to work properly. No errors, no problems. My Eclipse projects are working in NetBeans 6.7.1 despite the spaces in their names.

And guess what….I’m going to use NetBeans again after 2 years away! Of course, you know the Java support of the IDE is amazing. But did you also know that NetBeans does JavaScript FAR BETTER than Eclipse does. Seriously. I’ve been in JavaScript hell for two years now, and I’ve wanted to scratch my eyeballs out sometimes because of Eclipse’s poor handling of JavaScript files. For example, just because I don’t create a whole “JavaScript project” in Eclipse, the Eclipse IDE doesn’t easily recognize JavaScript files. And that IDE just refused to give me method completion or even jump to a helper class if I CTRL+click the name in the IDE. But NetBeans handles this without a single problem.

I’ve always appreciated NetBeans for its excellent Java editing, but now I have another reason to use it. It works great with JavaScript too! …much better than Eclipse!

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