The Best Java IDEs in 2023

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There are more than a few IDEs we can use for writing code in Java. Most likely, that IntelliJ is one of the more popular ones.

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What are The Difference between Simple Text Editor and IDE?

IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. The main difference between a simple text editor and IDE is the additional capabilities the IDE provides us with in order to assist us with the development process. These additional capabilities usually include Debugging, Versions Management, Code Auto Completion, and various other wizards that assist us.

The Best Java Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) in 2023

There are many IDEs we can use when coding in Java. My preferred option is IntelliJ. It is an excellent IDE developed and maintained by JetBrains


The IntelliJ IDE seems to dominate the Java IDEs market with a market share of more than 60%. Most Java developers (including me) won’t be surprised. This IDE’s popularity has continuously grown since its early days 20 years ago. Based on my personal experience in teaching and development, this IDE is sleek and highly comfortable. The move of Android Studio from an IDE based on Eclipse to an IDE based on IntelliJ indicates that many software developers in Google consider IntelliJ a better IDE than Eclipse.  IntelliJ is available in two versions. The Community free version would be sufficient for those doing their first steps in Java. The Ultimate version would most likely fit those developing server-side Java applications.


The next coming popular IDE in Java is the Eclipse IDE that was developed 20 years ago. Eclipse was introduced by IBM as an IDE that can fit any development in any programming language. It is technically possible to develop plugins for the Eclipse IDE that will allow us to develop in (nearly) any programming language. Eclipse is not the only IDE that allows us to develop plugins in order to extend its capabilities. IntelliJ and VSCode allow the same. Our recommendation is to try the Eclipse IDE (after trying IntelliJ) and choose the one that is more comfortable. 

How to Learn Java?

If you are looking for coding exercises in Java, it is highly recommended that you check out our Java courses on Udemy.  Coding is a MUST when learning how to program. The more you code, the better. In addition to coding exercises courses our Java courses on Udemy include courses that focus on specific advanced topics in Java. 


When looking for training for software developers in companies, we will be very glad to explore the possibilities to provide you with our training services and implement the Extreme Blended methodology. 


It is also recommended to try and learn Java using the video clips for learning Java that we have developed over the years. You can find the video clips in Hebrew at the Java (he) playlist. You can find the video clips in English at the Java (en) playlist. 

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