A variety of more or less evolved Java IDE's and environments are available out there. 
While it's probably impossible to keep up a complete list, feel free to tell us about your 
positive experiences here.


!Emacs, with [Ant]

* Good old emacs, and a nifty make tool. My favorite. --[ebu]
* F5 to build, C-x ` to jump to the next compil error... OK, emacs is not for everyone. ;)


* A commercial Java IDE.


* A graphical debugger (not a full IDE!) with [JPDA] capability
* A nice, light-weight option for server-side debugging instead of something like JavaOne Studio.

![Sun ONE Studio|http://forte.sun.com/ffj/downloads.html]

* Previously Forte; a full-fledged IDE with CVS binding, ant binding, editor, debugger, http server, ...
* Resource intensive
* The GUI is very different from your average MS IDE - may be a usability factor for some developers. Not an insurmountable thing for old unixy types.

! [Eclipse|http://www.eclipse.org]

* An extensible IDE developed by IBM and released into the Open-source community.
* Includes IBM's ''excellent'' Java development environment.
* Many plugins available for other tools/languages -- some free, some commercial
* IBM's WebSphere Application Development environment consists of Eclipse with a large number of proprietary plugins.
* Putting Eclipse into the open-source world was IBM's way of recruiting other organizations for a ''coalition of the willing'' to compete with Microsoft's Visual Studio.

![Borland JBuilder|http://www.borland.com/jbuilder]

* Borland's excellent Java IDE, available in several versions ranging from free to highly expensive depending on the features and license.
* Very strong two way development of Swing code
* Excellent code generation provides code that could almost have been written by a human being
* Good integration with databases (JDBC) and several J2EE servers including SilverStream (Novell) and Borland)


I've created [DebuggingJSPWikiOnTomcatWithEclipse]. It's a short overview on how to install and debug JSPWiki on Apache Tomcat using the Eclipse IDE. Shell and batch scripts are included.

--FlorianHoleczek, 09-Apr-2008