Build Java applications rapidly using the Borland AppBrowser IDE, graphical debugging, a robust source code editor, compiler, visual designers, wizards, and more. Create JavaBeans instantly with BeansExpress. Speed coding and reduce syntax errors with CodeInsight. Get started quickly using the included computer-based training lessons, tutorials, and documentation. JBuilder 6 Personal is a fully functional version of JBuilder, designed specifically for personal, non-commercial use.
Customer Rating: 3.8 of 5 (5 total reviews)
- Don't pay for this
You can get the JBuilder 6 Personal for free when you get the book Learn Java with JBuilder6 by Zukowski from amazon for less than fourty bucks, or you can download it free from Borland's website.
- Good IDE, but not much use for serious development
I've used jBuilder3 for many years (and JB2 before that), so I'm familiar with Borland's Java products. I do single-station development, and decided it was time for a more stable IDE (JB3 crashes a couple times per day on large projects) and I also wanted to use JDK 1.3.1 so I got JBuilder6.
Well...Borland seems to want to make a much more agressive split between hobbyist and professional. Some of the more useful features I have gotten used to in JB3 are reserverd for Professional or Enterprise. I was extremely surprised to find that I can't even deploy applications or applets through JB6!! (you have to do it manually via Sun's jar tool at the DOS command line, which is a real pain) Also, some of the layouts that I have used for small parts of applications (e.g. XYLayout) have likewise been removed to Prof or Ent. This means a lot of retro-coding on my part. As I have just started using it, I'm not sure what else I'll run into, but I'm concerned.
So...is it a good IDE feature-wise? Yes, and I've used others such as IBM's Visual Java. The code-insight is useful, the ability to use different JDKs works nicely, and there are other nice touches that any IDE should have. I would just make sure that you check the feature matrix on Borland's website VERY CAREFULLY to make sure the features you expect to be present are actually there.
- The best Java IDE (for now)
I don't know if I'd buy this from Amazon, Borland usually makes the Personal edition free after a while. I've been using JBuilder since 4.0 and though it's not perfect it is currently the best Java IDE around.
On Windows and Linux it's been very stable. If there are problems with stability (as the previous user indicates) I would suspect the OS X JDK. I'm not a really big fan of thier new installation hoops either.
The modal screens problem does suck but after programming some Java GUI I can see why it's this way and I'm sure Borland will fix it when the JDK allows them to.
Why do I like it?
it compiles FAST
the debugger very nice
the "find definition" feature is super nice
when I want the ide to be able to do something there's usually iether a way to do it or an add-on from a third party that does it (mobileset from borland, mousewheel support on the second CD in the box).
Why don't I like it?
the editor should be able to fold, and I'd really like to see macro support (it doesn't seem like they've done much with the editor since JB4).
Installation can be a pain (esp. on Linux), the new license stuff does seem really invasive.