Best Tools for Java Developers

Just like any other profession, Java developers have different take on the tools that we use. In the IT sector the choice of tools is a never ending discussion. It has been going on forever and ever and its not gonna stop.  It all burns down to perspectives. 

Here we have listed a few of the most preferred Java tools. These tools have made processes like coding and testing much simpler. They are licensed and are available as open source. There are also trial versions available for all the tools. 

Eclipse :

 Eclipse is an IDE (Integrated Development Platform). It is used by many languages as plugins. As of now there are more than 150 projects. It runs on cloud and is an open source development environment. It does not have any language constraints. It can be used with all languages like Java, C, C++, Python, Perl and JavaScript. As it consists of SDK for Java development tools, it serves as a great help to Java Developers and supports major development servers like Tomcat, Glassfish and a lot more. The coding and debugging are very simple. It meets industry standards in every possible aspect. 

NetBeans :

NetBeans  is also one of the popular IDEs. It runs on all platforms that include Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Solaris. It is an open source tool and hence can also be used for other programming languages. It is actually the framework that is used for developing Java Swing desktop applications. All data types can be saved and loaded. It supports step by step dialogues for the wizard framework. Compared to most of the tools NetBeans is easy to develop swing GUI for desktop applications. During the debugging process it automatically inserts the right code. 

JUnit :

Most of the Java developers would have come across this name as it is the most preferred testing framework for Java programming language. It is an open source framework, and is linked to the JAR at compile time. The open source framework is used for writing and running test cases. It allows you to write code with very high efficiency. You can get immediate feedback once the test is completed. JUnit has an awesome understanding of codes. It also has the provision to define the behavior of the code. The test results are simple. If the test is passed it shows green signal and if not it shows red signal. 

Apache Spark :

Apache is also an open source framework that is majorly used for large scale applications. It is referred to as the parallel processing framework and is capable of handling both batch and real time data processing. The sole purpose is to accelerate the process in Hadoop systems. It is the ideal alternative to MapReduce. It is written in Scala language for interacting with spark core engines. It is much faster than MapReduce. The dynamic nature and the speed of Apache Spark definitely deserves a very special mention. In memory it is about 100x fast and 10x fast on the disk.

Jenkins :

Jenkins is an automated server based system which is a dedicated testing tool for Java. It runs on Apache Tomcat. It helps the coders find the bugs and automate them. It is very simple to use and it is very user friendly. It is also easy to upgrade and install. It is an open source tool and is also free. It is very flexible as it integrates with all of the major tools and proven to be an effective one. There are many options when it comes to plugins and also has an integrated API. 

IntelliJ IDEA :

IntelliJ IDEA was developed by JetBrains. It has an Apache2 license. It is written in Java and supports code refactoring.  Vision control, tools like Maven, ant and Grade, built in decompiler, different server support that includes Apache Tomcat, Weblogic, Glassfish and a lot more. It helps in code optimization by finding the duplication in the code are some of its important features . It supports many languages like JS, SQL, Scala, Groovy etc. It can be used in a live template, and offers an easy debugging process. The consistency and auto refactoring are some of the important aspects.

Android Studio :

Android Studio is used for Android app development for all kinds of android devices. It is a dedicated IDE for android app developers.  It is open source and can support all operating systems like Mac OS, Windows and Linux. It supports all programming languages. It is one of the most preferred platforms for android app development. It is easy to code, debug and deploy the apps. It was developed by Google and majority of the Android Apps are developed using Android Studio. It supports the Gradle system, Some of the important features include, android based refactoring, template based wizards, color and layout preview, and pro guard capability. There are different modules that android studio offers that include, application modules, library modules, and test modulates. 

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