Integrated Development Environments, or IDEs for short, provides software developers with a comprehensive environment and tools for writing software. IDEs maximize developer productivity. They started as simple source code editors, but modern IDEs support all aspects of software development and activities.
If you are a Java developer, chances are you use an IDE. I have not met a Java developer who doesn’t. We asked CodeAhoy users which Java IDE they use. The results are presented below in the form of a fun infographic. Please note that in the survey, IntelliJ includes IntelliJ-based IDEs such as Android Studio. Also, we did not include cloud (online) IDEs such as AWS Cloud9, GitPod, etc.
The results aren’t surprising. the Top 3 IDEs account for 99% of total use.
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Java IDEs Survey Votes Breakdown
- #1 IntelliJ IDEA: No surprises here. Arguably, IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition is the best free Java IDE out there. It deeply analyzes your code and provides in-depth coding assistance. Feature rich & very smart. It has both free and paid versions. If you haven’t already, check it out.
- #2 Eclipse: Classic and time honored Java IDE. Still used by millions of developers. Has an impressive collection of tools to boost productivity. Open source and free. You can get it here.
- #3 NetBeans: Another old school Java IDE that is alive and kicking. Before IntelliJ, the choice of Java IDE boiled down to Eclipse or NetBeans. It is actively maintained and supported by the community at the Apache Software Foundation. Check it out.
- #4 BlueJ: A light-weight IDE developed for educational purposes, but also suitable for small-scale software development. James Gosling, father of Java, called it one of his favorite IDEs… back in 2004. Check it out.
- #5 DrJava: Another light-weight IDE developed for educational purposes. Open source and free, supported by active development at Rice University. Check it out
Other Java IDEs that didn’t have enough votes to make it into Top 5:
- Visual Studio Code
In total, 253 Java developers from all over the world took the survey in the month of March, 2020. Majority of the readers of CodeAhoy blog are from USA, followed by India, Canada, UK and Russia.
Whether you agree, disagree or have something to add, please feel free to leave a comment below.