Final java dev environment

Screen shot of eclipse with a dark color theme while editing jBug

Screen shot of eclipse with a dark color theme while editing jBug

I’ve been going back and forth between IntelliJ’s idea, netbeans and eclipse for java development. I was able lately to setup eclipse with all the features I need, and performs all the compilation function required including pulling maven dependencies and hot deploying jetty’s code on save and the best thing was the ability to edit it’s colors using the CSS provided.

How to do that:

1. Using git clong jBug from
2. Inside there, there’s a directory called “settings” in which there are two files: preferences.epf (which includes the editor settings and color theme) and e4_default_gtk.css and that will set the color and font sizes of the tabs.
3. Copy the css file over your eclipse/plugins/org.eclipse.platform_4.2.1.v201209141800/css/e4_default_gtk.css

For plugins, using the market place add the following:

1. egit (to integrate with git)
2. Run-jetty-run, will use in-place deployment with jetty and will close and open the handlers and contexts if you change any of your classes or their dependencies (excellent work)
3. m2e for maven
4. Eclipse color theme. In case you wanted to change the theme edit the wombatcss.xml then import it.

Since eclipse is not a limited edition as idea, you will be able to edit jsp and other files that you won’t be able to edit in idea. It is also much more efficient in terms of memory usage than netbeans and does not block or stop erratically like netbeans as well.

6 comments on Final java dev environment

  • Travis Hunter says:

    I understand how you change the editor’s color theme. But how did you change the colors throughout the rest of the IDE?

  • Jens says:


    How to do this for netbeans (7.3).

    • Mohamed says:

      Hi Jens, thanks for commenting. I really don’t know. I’ve used netbeans for a while but didn’t dig much inside of it. I recall I just changed the editor’s colors however, it wasn’t easy and there were so many competing configurations and at the end didn’t get it to work correct. I didn’t search then to see if there’s a CSS to change the windows themselves. Sorry I’m not of much help there.

  • Ali says:

    Hi Mohamed,

    I absolutely LOVE this colour scheme. I am a student and suffer eye strain and this would help me a lot.

    I am new to eclipse. I am stuck after doing this:
    “3. Copy the css file over your eclipse/plugins/org.eclipse.platform_4.2.1.v201209141800/css/e4_default_gtk.css”

    Can you please kindly help! 🙂

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