Two Useful Eclipse 3.5 Features, Which I Miss in Netbeans 6.8

  1. toString method generation: This is a really low hanging fruit. Eclipse 3.5 generates toString() methods from private attributes. NetBeans 6.8 is not able to do that. Vote for this feature here.
  2. Navigation: In Eclipse 3.5, if you click+ctrl / cmd on a reference to an interface type, it asks you, whether you would like to navigate to an implementation of this interface (and lists all choices), or just open the declaration. This is a really nice feature. Vote for this feature here.
However, in Java EE 5-6 / Database / Swing areas NetBeans 6.8 really shines


Hi Adam,

1. toString generator:
I'm working on it ;-)
I like to do it similar to the getter/setter generator.
Developing the generator in NetBeans is very easy because there is a project template but it's hard to understand the NetBeans code.
The code of Eclipse is easier to read.

Kind Regards,

Posted by Simon Martinelli on September 05, 2009 at 01:24 PM CEST #

Eclipse integrates nice features and Netbeans will follow :-)

I downloaded Netbeans 6.8 and I am using it with Kenai. I must admit that Kenai is nicely integrated in Netbeans.

As a modeling guy, I seriously miss EMF and other goodies (reference between file and project view)

Posted by Thomas on September 06, 2009 at 02:02 AM CEST #

>reference between file and project view
already in 6.7:

Posted by michael bien on September 06, 2009 at 02:40 AM CEST #

Another thing missing in Netbeans is the ability to unit test a single method. Quite often in development you run a single unit test repeatedly until you get the code and the test right (then you run the whole suite for regression purposes). At the moment you have to run the whole suite which can make you quite a bit less than 'agile'.

Posted by Mike Reid on September 06, 2009 at 10:08 AM CEST #


Thanks for the info and link

Posted by Thomas on September 07, 2009 at 01:48 AM CEST #

@Thomas no problem ;)

Posted by michael bien on September 07, 2009 at 04:04 AM CEST #

toString in NB:

Posted by Justinas on September 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM CEST #

Yes, the toString method is available as a plugin in netbeans...

Posted by Pablo on September 27, 2009 at 12:33 PM CEST #

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