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NetBeans IDE vs PyCharm: What are the differences?

NetBeans IDE: Quickly and easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more. NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers; PyCharm: The Most Intelligent Python IDE. PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!.

NetBeans IDE and PyCharm can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

Some of the features offered by NetBeans IDE are:

  • Best Support for Latest Java Technologies
  • Fast & Smart Code Editing
  • Easy & Efficient Project Management

On the other hand, PyCharm provides the following key features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Auto-Indentation and code formatting
  • Code completion

"Rich features" is the top reason why over 63 developers like NetBeans IDE, while over 93 developers mention "Smart auto-completion" as the leading cause for choosing PyCharm.

According to the StackShare community, PyCharm has a broader approval, being mentioned in 372 company stacks & 527 developers stacks; compared to NetBeans IDE, which is listed in 62 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.

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christy craemer
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PyCharmPyCharmIntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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Pycharm is great for python development, but can feel sometimes slow and community version has Somme very annoying restrictions (like they disabled jupyter notebooks plugin and made it premium feature). I personally started looking into VS Code as an alternative, and it has some very good potential. I suggest you take it into account.

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The Community version of PyCharm is free and should give you what you need to get started with Python. Both PyCharm and IntelliJ are made by JetBrains. IntelliJ is initially focused on Java but you can get plugins for lots of other things. I subscribe to JetBrains' Toolbox: and have access to all of their great tools.

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Charles Nelson
IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

I couldn't imagine using a development tool other than the IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate All Products Pack. A single license allows me to work directly on my server running Ubuntu and/or my workstation running Windows 10 Pro simultaneously. My current project uses HTML, W3CSS, JavaScript, Java, Groovy, Grails, C, GO, Python, Flask, and Rust. For me it's worth every penny of the $150 license fee. And you can try it for free.

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Hi, I will give my opinion based on my experience. I have used PyCharm, both community and Professional version. The community has limited functions, like you can't use a Jupyter notebook whereas it's available in the Professional version. PyCharm is slower compared to Visual Studio Code. Also Visual Studio Code is an editor which supports various languages. I myself have used both Visual Studio Code and PyCharm. I feel Visual Studio Code would be better choice. You may as well decide based upon your requirements.

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Ivan Martinez Morales
Software Engineer Intern · | 4 upvotes · 305.9K views

I'd personally recommend Visual Studio Code as it gives you the flexibility of working in any language, so long as there are extensions to support it. It gives you the flexibility to learn Python, venture into Java, Javascript, and eventually AngularJS, and potentially mobile applications. It's also free and you can install it on your personal computer. I think Visual Studio Code would serve your intended use case best.

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Visual Studio code is easy to use, has a good UI, and a large community. Python works great with it, but unlike some other editors, it works with most languages either by default or by downloading a plugin. VS Code has built in linting, syntax coloring, autocompletes (IntelliSense), and an api for plugins to do there own tooling.

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Isaac Povey
Casual Software Engineer at Skedulo · | 3 upvotes · 305.9K views
IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ really is the best for Java, I switched from eclipse years ago and never looked back. As for javascript, python and angular either using the standalone products from jetbrains (pycharm for python, webstorm for js) or installing the relevant plugins for InteliJ will be your best bet. Pycharm etc. are really just InteliJ with some additional plugins installed.

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Pranshu Verma
Engineer at Cisco Systems · | 3 upvotes · 305.9K views

If you starting with Python then PyCharm is better. For Java I would suggest to go with IntelliJ IDEA but people also prefer eclipse so I would say try both and then decide. For JS/Angular/React I would suggest go with VSCode. I personally use it and prefer as its light weight and have good integration with chrome for frontend development.

PyCharm, IntelliJ IDEA are both products of JetBrains. They have a free (limited feature) and paid edition. Eclipse is free. VSCode is also free.

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Brian Turner
System Architect at Mary's Watch, Inc. · | 1 upvotes · 305.9K views
IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

Easy to learn and everything you need

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Pycharm is all you need to get start coding in python or any of its framework. Its an awesome tool you should give it a try :)

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All three are great, however, I believe that IntelliJ IDEA's multiple IDE's are slightly more straight-forward and more up-to date than Eclipse. If I had to choose one specifically for Python projects I would go with PyCharm.

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Pritam Nandy
Engineering Manager at Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited · | 1 upvotes · 253.4K views

This is a very easy to use tool and gives you the opportunity to start coding right after the installation with almost everything setup automatically by the tool.

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Decisions about NetBeans IDE and PyCharm

If you need an IDE for dotnet on Mac or Linux, Rider is really the only way to go. I recently started a .NET personal project, and initially used VSCode for it, since it had served me so well before for so many other languages. After downloading Rider using my free student license, however, I can never go back. To any other aspiring devs reading this: if you're doing something other than webdev and you can get one for free, please use a full-fledged IDE for whatever you're doing. It might be heavy and it might take getting used to, but the refactorings and quick fixes are going to be invaluable once you start really getting in there.

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Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 490.5K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Pros of NetBeans IDE
Pros of PyCharm
  • 75
    Rich features
  • 68
  • 47
    Plugins(Git, SVN)
  • 38
  • 36
    Easy to use
  • 35
    PHP Support
  • 33
    Java support
  • 27
    File History
  • 21
    Code analysis
  • 18
    MySQL support
  • 13
    Open source
  • 12
  • 9
    Strong Maven Support
  • 9
    Code completion
  • 8
    NodeJs support
  • 6
    Webdev king
  • 6
  • 5
    Easy maven project start
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
    History of changes, friendly tabs
  • 3
    Jira Plugin
  • 2
    I don't like NetBeans
  • 2
    Native Nette support
  • 2
    Smarty support
  • 2
    Groovy support
  • 2
    Intuitive ui
  • 2
    Chrome plugin to live update javascript from browser
  • 2
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 2
    Custom html tags support
  • 1
    Powerful refactoring
  • 1
    Composer commands inside IDE
  • 1
    Visual GUI Builder for Swing / AWT
  • 104
    Smart auto-completion
  • 88
    Intelligent code analysis
  • 74
    Powerful refactoring
  • 57
    Virtualenv integration
  • 50
    Git integration
  • 20
    Support for Django
  • 9
    Multi-database integration
  • 7
    VIM integration
  • 4
    Vagrant integration
  • 3
    In-tool Bash and Python shell
  • 2
  • 2
    Plugin architecture
  • 1
    Perforce integration
  • 1
    Debug mode support docker

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Cons of NetBeans IDE
Cons of PyCharm
  • 2
    PHP debug doesn't support conditional breakpoints
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    Slow startup
  • 5
    Not very flexible
  • 4
    Resource hog
  • 2
    Periodic slow menu response

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What is NetBeans IDE?

NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.

What is PyCharm?

PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!

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What are some alternatives to NetBeans IDE and PyCharm?
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
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Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
Android Studio
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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