This morning, on the train, I cranked up MyEclipse to do some final tidying up on the first cut of me lovely wee WAR file, only to find that my trial period of thirty days had expired. Well, it’s testament to the usefulness of this bit of kit that I had absolutely no hesitation in making the purchase as soon as I was in the office and on-line.

Seriously, thirty bucks for a piece of kit as good as this is an absolute steal. As good as they are, I gave up clamouring for WSAD, or RAD, or whatever the hell it’s called a long time ago — especially when I was told we have to sell our first-borns to get extra RAM installed at work. So, Eclipse, with this handy J2EE-oriented set of extras, was a shoo-in for me. I have not regretted it, and I’ve had a lot of use from it.

The application I’m currently finishing is pretty much exclusively back-end, in that whilst I coded a JSP, end users shouldn’t see it (there is a reason for this, trust me). However, it’s nice to know that with MyEclipse there’s plenty of stuff to play with concerning Struts, JSF, and so on. Bring it on!

In other news, whilst I was beavering into the night with MyEclipse on Friday, it doesn’t appear as though I missed too much with regards @media 2005: Mr. Marshall has the scoop.


  1. Thanks for the pointer.

    At first I thought "Why do I need to pay for this?" but then I read some more (an often useful exercise that's seldom done these days) and, I have to say, it does look like a bargain.

    By the way, the correct spelling is "shoo-in". It's always been a phrase whose derivation has puzzled me.Arka Nada#
  2. Re “shoo-in” you are of course correct: a temporary block on my part, sorry! Its derivation must be from “to shoo in” i.e. to push some kind of change through, no matter what. The handy dictionary service in OS X tells me this:

    “a word said to frighten or drive away a person or animal.
    “ORIGIN a natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English . The verb use dates from the early 17th cent.”
    Ben Poole#
  3. MyEclipse is real nice and the support people do listen.
    ;-) stwStephan H. Wissel#
  4. Thanks for clearing that up, Ben.

    That's another of life's little mysteries put to bed :-)

    Arka Nada#
  5. I aim to please :-D Ben Poole#
  6. As allways it depends on the project. In the organization I am working at the moment, they are doing huge applications for many regional banks with heavy EJB2.0 usage, lots of code generation, MDA, etc.
    The banks are happy and its the most secure working environment I experienced for 3 years. For this kind of big project, WSAD is better than eclipse.
    For small or medium sized project, Eclipse is of course better.
    IBM does not stress that, because they just love every WSAD customer too much.

    AxelAxel Janssen#
  7. WSAD has some awesome editors, wizards and the like. It also has an awesome price tag, and whilst I work for a very big organisation, with some hefty Websfear deployments, I can’t see them buying it for me. MyEclipse will suffice… :-)Ben Poole#

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