Monday, July 5, 2010

Tools i use as a Java EE/Web developer

Okies this is probably not a tool but this is the IDE that I use on a daily basis when I work with Java. Nice integration with the Spring framework which is what I use on a daily basis. Particularly liked the ability to start stop servers, connect and view databases.

Great for testing your SOAP based webservices, have lots of integration to allow you to generate stubs for JAX-WS,AXIS 1,2 and even .NET.

Not just great for debugging your javascript, also useful if you want to check out what CSS is being used by which components, you can even change CSS on the fly to see what the changes would look like.

Analyses your web pages against a set of rules and suggest ways that you can improve your web page’s speed.

Dynatrace Ajax Edition
This has been something that Dynatrace keeps improving and best of all they are giving it for free. Track your web page performance, see where your bottlenecks are, In the new version they even can turn Selenium tests into performance tests.

Great Web testing framework, run your tests across many browsers, you can even distribute your tests across many servers. If you haven found a tool for Web UI testing this is it. Look no further.

Primarily used as a tool for security assessment,  invaluable for actually knowing what data is sent (cookies, http headers, POST/GET data strings) back and forth from your client (either browser or application) to your server. You can also use it for changing the data and see if your application is vulnerable to common attacks. 

If you don’t know things like Sql Injection or Cross site scripting as developer it’s time to start reading OWASP Top 10 list and Building Secure Software.

One of the best and free notepad replacement’s around. Has syntax highlighting, integration with Windows Explorer, indenting and lots of plugins to extend functionality.

Ant and Apache IVY
2 Main tools that I use for writing build scripts and managing dependencies.

Useful for creating different configurations as well as running linux on my Windows development machine.

Any other useful tool that you use on a regular basis? Post it in the comments below, love to find other useful tools that you guys/gals are using.


  1. "Particularly liked the ability to start stop servers, connect and view databases."

    Hm, in what way is that specific to that IDE? Doesn't sound too exotic for me, i.e. I guess that's in every IDE nowadays.

  2. I would add winmerge (unvaluable tool, on linux you have meld), tortoise and redmine (can't live without it)

  3. I would say the most and widely used IDE is eclipse. This particular IDE we can able to get all plugin's an integrated environment for devlopment right from Development, Testing, Implementation and Supporting. We have all the plugin to ease our work. I am a FAN of Eclipse IDE.
    I would rate the above mentioned tools as

    1. IDE
    Eclipse IDE, Netbeans IDE

    2. Web service Testing

    3. Text Editors
    VIM, Editplus and Notepad++

    4. Javascript Debugger
    IE8 and Firebug for firefox

    5. Building Tools
    ANT and Maven

  4. Adding to the list...
    PagaVCS - TortoiseSVN like tool for Linux

  5. @at You're right that most modern IDE's do have that ability, I guess I am coming more from a point that that is one of the feature, not the main thing, the main thing for me is still the Spring Integration.
    For eclipse, out of the box, i think it's not too great, I have to fiddle around with making sure that the xsd's i used are include in the XSD catalog, if not it's keep complaining about it.

  6. @opensas Redmine sounds interesting, for me I am using Trac to keep track of bugs and milestones. Trac also has nice integration with SVN.

  7. @Toi Yeap been hearing good things about IntelliJ, would love to try it someday.