Three Whales among the IDEs, or Where to Write the Code

| August 8, 2017

You can’t do the job right without the right tools. Fortunately, there are plenty of development instruments designed to make programming productive and efficient.

Once you become reasonably comfortable with the programming language and coding, you really should take the time to master a powerful IDE. Professional IDEs have lots of features and you will be surprised at how much work they can save.

"Best" IDE? "Best" text editor? "Best" Programming Language? It is like talking about the religion, these questions are known to start the wars! But as you can see from analytical percentage chart compiled by DZone based on recent stats, the top three IDEs for server-side development are Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and NetBeans.IDEs usage

Jelastic Cloud has integration with all these three development environments. So below we’ll talk more about their peculiarities and provide the instructions for installation, settings, and cases of their usage.

IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA comes in two editions: a free Community edition and a paid Ultimate edition, which has additional features. The idea is that the commercial (Ultimate) edition will earn its place on a professional's desktop, justifying a paid subscription through increased programmer productivity. IntelliJ seems not to have UI as good as, for example, Eclipse, but it is a bit quicker in processing than any other IDE.  

IDEA also integrates build tools, test runners, and coverage tools, as well as a built-in terminal window. IntelliJ doesn't have its own profiler, but it supports several third-party profilers through plugins. Java server programming often involves working with databases, so IDEA Ultimate includes SQL database tools.

Following the link, you can download a recently updated IntelliJ IDEA plugin to be able to manage your Jelastic environments, deploy applications in the cloud, get log files, and perform other operations right within IDE. The plugin is compatible with IDEA 107.105 version and higher.

Here you can find the installation video guide with the manual how to install and use the IntelliJ IDEA plugin on Jelastic Cloud.


EclipseEclipse has the biggest audience of developers. It gets appreciation because of its UI. You can have multiple projects in the IDE’s tab and see the code of different applications in the same window without switching the IDE perspective. It has a different debugging perspective and contains lots of plugins. This is a choice, especially, if you are a budding developer.

Its main features include a Windows Builder, integration with Maven, Mylyn, XML editor, Git client, CVS client, and PyDev. Also, it contains a base workspace with an extensible plug-in system for customizing the IDE to suit your needs. Through plugins, you can develop applications in different programming languages, including C, C++, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Prolog, Python, R, Ruby (and Ruby on Rails framework).

Following the link, you can get all the instructions on Eclipse plugin installation.

Also, here is the Eclipse user manual where you can find answers to different technical questions connected with the plugin.


NetBeansNetBeans is one of the most powerful open source free integrated development environment for Java, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more, and is used by professional developers for enterprise, web, mobile, and desktop applications development.

NetBeans is modular in design, meaning it can be extended by third-party developers who can create plugins for NetBeans to enhance its functionality.

Jelastic developers have made a plugin for NetBeans development platform that makes the process of application management and development in Jelastic Cloud platform much easier.

Use the following link to install the plugin and manage Jelastic environments through NetBeans IDE.


Summing up, we can say that for the beginner you learn to do long math division by hand, but once you’ve mastered that skill, you will surely use a pocket calculator instead. So any IDE makes programming much comfortable and brings time economy. Every company or professional developer choose its IDE by their needs and by the area they deal with.

Make your choice and enjoy your developing through the Jelastic plugins for Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and NetBeans. Keep up to date subscribing to our blog and get more interesting information.