In a previous post, I noticed that Sun made several of its development tools free. I have downloaded the free Sun Java Studio Creator tool and started to play around with it.
I started to build a simple JSF application and I immediately noticed how easy it is to set things up and to add JSF components to your page. I also noticed that this tool is optimized for the development of web GUIs and it is clearly not meant to build EJB modules with it. (however you can import them and use them in your webapp as the model.)
I also like the rich property palettes, which appear at the side of your screen when you drag a JSF component on your page. They gave the ability to the programmer to easily manage the page layout.
As an experienced user of Oracle's JDeveloper, I more or less compared both tools while playing around with this new (for me) developement tool. I noticed that JDeveloper nowadays still offers more options (e.g. like automatically generation of import-statements) than JSC, for so far I can judge now. It also includes more vendor-plugins than JSC. However, I already noticed that, for my feeling, JSC performs much better than JDev ( 1GB of memory is the minimum for proper use of JDev).
My first impression of JSC is that JSC is certainly a nice to tool for building webapps in JSF, but there are other tools in the area of IDEs, which are much more completer...like JDeveloper..
But wait.. there is more from Sun..As I have said before JSC is optimized for building front-ends in JSF. Sun Java Creator Enterprise is a more complete tool, which you can use to build EJB modules..So left with a positive feeling about JSC, I wonder what my experiences with JCE will be..
I'll keep you posted..for now try JSC yourself