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Tools to Power Every Phase of Java Development (Part 1)

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Tools to Power Every Phase of Java Development (Part 1)

Everyone could use a list of tools to help you at every stage of development of your Java projects! Let's look at several categories to help you get what you need.

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Many know Java as one of the simplest, but most powerful (not to mention sought-after) programming languages used by web developers. But there are others who see it in the opposite light, saying that Java is a hard and more complex programming language.

In order to execute your Java coding more effectively, there are a handful of Java tools that web developers can use in different phases of programming/development. Below, we’ve listed 63 of them – the essential tools that every web developer needs in their Java toolkit. They’re listed below in no particular order, but we have categorized them to make it easy for you to find the type of Java tool you’re looking for. 

General Java Development Tools

1. JDK (Java Development Kit)


 JDK (Java Development Kit)

When it comes to developing Java-based applets and applications, a necessary tool is the JDK. The JDK includes the Java Runtime Environment, the Java compiler, and the Java APIs. This tool is easy to use both for new and experienced programmers.

Key Features:

  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Java compiler and Java APIs
  • Good for beginners and professionals, alike

Cost: FREE

2. Gradle

@gradle

Gradle

Gradle is a tool that is a combination of almost everything you could need. It can help in developing anything from mobile apps to microservices and is suitable for companies from small startups to big enterprises.

Key Features:

  • Build anything
  • Rich API that can automate everything
  • Fast
  • First-class support for your IDE of choice.

Cost:

  • FREE

3. Apache ANT

Apache ANT

Apache ANT is an open source tool by the Apache Software Foundation. The tool is very simple, with many features. It is a Java library and command-line tool that aims to drive processes.

Key Features:

  • Simple
  • Automate tasks
  • Java library, command-line tool
  • Built-in tasks that allow you to compile, assemble, test and run Java applications
  • Can be used to pilot any type of process

Cost:

  • Free

4. Cucumber-JVM

@cucumberbdd

Cucumber-JVM

Cucumber-JVM is a Cucumber implementation for the most popular JVM languages. It consists of several modules that are downloadable from public maven repo.

Key Features:

  • It supports different JVM languages

Cost:

  • FREE

5. JD-GUI

JD-GUI

JD-GUI is a graphical utility that exhibits Java source codes of “.class” files.

Key Features:

  • Fast Java decompiler
  • Intuitive design
  • Easy navigation
  • Search function and general options
  • Ending note

Cost:

  • FREE

6. Hibernate

@hibernate

Hibernate

Hibernate is a popular persistence API/object relational mapping (ORM) Java tool.

Key Features:

  • Domain model persistence for relational databases
  • Full-text search for your domain model
  • Annotation based constraints for your domain model
  • Domain model persistence for NoSQL datastores
  • Command line tools and IDE plugins for your Hibernate usages

Cost:

  • FREE

7. Javadoc

@Oracle

Javadoc

Javadoc is an API documentation-generating tool in HTML format that works through doc comments in source code. It is offered by Oracle and is free.

Key Features:

  • Doclets API
  • Taglet API
  • MIF Doclet
  • DocCheck Doclet
  • Exclude Doclet
  • Doclet Toolkit

Cost:

  • Free

8. MySQL

@mysql

MySQL

MySQL is one of the most popular open source databases. It is also supported and trusted by Oracle Corporation.

Key Features:

  • Cross-platform support
  • Update-able views
  • Stored procedures, using a procedural language

Cost:

  • FREE

9. Docker

@docker

Docker

Docker is a leading software container platform. It is used to eliminate “works on my machine” problems when collaborating on code with other parties.

Key Features:

  • Package dependencies with apps in Docker containers for portability and predictability
  • Works with any stack
  • Better team collaboration
  • Ready for production
  • Extensible and flexible

Cost:

  • Docker Community Edition (CE) – FREE
  • Docker Enterprise Edition (EE)
    • Basic – Starting at $750 per node / per year
    • Standard – Starting at $1500 per node / per year
    • Advanced – Starting at $2000 per node / per year

10. VMWare

@VMware

VMWare

VMWare is a virtualization tool that allows users to partition a single physical server into multiple virtual machines.

Key Features:

  • vSphere that features VMotion – moved running virtual machines (VMs) from one server to another
  • vSphere with Operations Management
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack

Cost:

  • Free trial

11. Grails

@grailsframework

The Grails

Grails is previously known as Groovy on Grails. It is a programming framework based on Groovy, for the JVM built on top of Spring Boot.

Key Features:

  • Smooth Java integration
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Plugins
  • IDE Support
  • Integrated ORM/NoSQL support
  • Powerful view technology
  • Spring-powered dependency injection

Cost:

  • FREE

IDEs

12. IntelliJ IDEA 13.1


@JetBrains

IntelliJ IDEA 13.1

For the Editor or IDE, IntelliJ IDEA was reported by RebelLabs Java Tools and Technologies Landscape as the top IDE in 2016. IntelliJ IDEA has helped many developers come up with innovative Java solutions. It is designed to maximize developer productivity and is a Java tool that makes the experience more enjoyable.

Key Features:

  • Can help boost productivity with the use of “Smart Code Completion” and “On-the-fly Code Analysis”
  • Advanced support for web and mobile development
  • Deep intelligence
  • Framework-specific assistance


Cost:

  • FREE trial
  • New Subscription
    • IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate
      • US $ 499.00 /1st year
      • US $ 399.00 /2nd year
      • US $ 299.00 /3rd yr onwards
    • All Products Pack
      • US $ 649.00 /1st year
      • US $ 519.00 /2nd year
      • US $ 389.00 /3rd yr onwards
  • Special Price for Perpetual License Holders* (20% off)
    • IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate
      • US $ 399.00 /year
    • All Products Pack
      • US $ 519.00 /1st year
      • US $ 389.00 /2nd year
      • US $ 389.00 /3rd yr onwards


13. Eclipse IDE

@EclipseFdn

Eclipse IDE

Eclipse is another top IDE tool as reported on the DZone Guide to the Java Ecosystem, 2015 edition. Many developers prefer Eclipse because of the amount of assistance that it can provide when it comes to code completion, refactoring and syntax checking. Overall, Eclipse, is also a great open source community of Tools, Projects, and Collaborative Working Groups.

Key Features:

  • Free and open source
  • Code completion assistance
  • Refactoring and syntax checking assistance
  • Java Development Tools project (JDT) with plug-ins
  • Language combination support (C/C++ and PHP IDE)


Cost: FREE

14. NetBeans


@netbeans

NetBeans

NetBeans is another top-notch IDE tool that is both free and open source. It features converters, editors, and code analyzers. It has a worldwide community of users and developers.

Key Features:

  • Java, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, C/C++, and more
  • Converters
  • Fast and smart code editing
  • Code analyzers
  • Static analysis that can help you write bug-free code


Cost:

  • FREE


15. Oracle Jdeveloper

@jdeveloper

 Oracle Jdeveloper

Oracle JDeveloper is a free IDE that can help you create Service Oriented Architecture with Java, or Java Enterprise Edition applications.

Key Features:

  • Complete end-to-end development for Oracle’s platform and Oracle’s applications
  • They offer many resources, demos, training, tutorials
  • Discussion forum

Cost:

  • FREE

Winding Down

That's all for now! We've covered some of the most useful Java tools for development, containerization, and virtualization. But there are plenty of other tools worth looking at. Part 2 of this series will focus on the tools you should consider when it comes to code analysis and coverage testing, profiling, performance, and logging. Stay tuned!

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