It isn't an IDE per se, but for a text editor it's pretty pumped up. I'm a nut about free tools, and I like jEdit for a couple of reasons: * It runs on a variety of JVM's (I use BEA's JRockit at work) * It has a HUGE menagery of plugins from a very active open source development community -- for example, you can mount a jar file and decompile/examine its contents, and it has some very nice XML/XSL tools * It is extremely configurable -- you can mold this tool to work the way you work. * Its implemented entirely in Java Quite frankly, it rocks, and you can get it here. PCS PS: I forgot to mention, jEdit has TONS of syntax highlighting, from Perl to PL/SQL. [ November 09, 2002: Message edited by: Philip Shanks ]
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yes jEdit is a very good code text editor. I've been using it for a while. The things i like are the configurable color syntax highlighting, auto tag closing, among others (mentioned in other post) which can be installed thru plug-ins. It also has a java compiler plug-in, although I stopped using this plug in because it seemed to become inactive after the 3rd or 4th compiling successively done (I don't know if my pc's ram is not probably enough). Overall though, jEdit's a very good tool and I appreciate their authors for their efforts.
I have used many IDEs and I have observed that IDEs written in Java such as NetBeans, jEdit, and IDEA are considerably slower than platform dependent IDEs. No doubt they are feature packed but their slowness causes irritation. Besides speed, their GUI, since based on swing, is at best mediocre. Earlier I used to think VAJ is slow, but when I used NetBeans, I am dying to go back to VAJ but unfortunately there is no free version. They stopped it at 4 and it does not support jdk1.4. I was hoping Eclipse would be good but then it a bare bones editor right now. No really useful features for Java development that NetBeans has.
Originally posted by Tracy Woo: I was hoping Eclipse would be good but then it a bare bones editor right now. No really useful features for Java development that NetBeans has.
Huh??? What are you missing from Eclipse (besides possibly a GUI builder)?
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I don't use a GUI builder anyway so that's not an issue. Does eclipse have: 1. Integrated Web application development? [Of course, I can write servlets if I include servlet jar in the classpath]. 2. JSP/Servlet debugging? 3. Another feature that I loved in VAJ was versioning using local repository. Can you do that in Eclipse? May be I do not how to do that. If you know, please do let me know. thanks, Tracy. [ November 19, 2002: Message edited by: Tracy Woo ]
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Originally posted by Tracy Woo: I don't use a GUI builder anyway so that's not an issue.
So we are on the same page regarding this one...
1. Integrated Web application development? [Of course, I can write servlets if I include servlet jar in the classpath]. 2. JSP/Servlet debugging?
3. Another feature that I loved in VAJ was versioning using local repository. Can you do that in Eclipse?
There is a Local History, but afaik you can't version it. OTOH you can easily get that functionality by installing a local CVS server (as I would recommend anyway). [ November 19, 2002: Message edited by: Ilja Preuss ]
I use Textpad in Windows and used a few days jEdit in Windows also. Its pretty I originally thaught to use jEdit in Linux but got a built-in editor KWrite that serves my purpose well. So favoring KWrite...
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Hello, I am using JEdit now. It's quick and simple to use, just like emacs. It is quite easy to configure the JEdit environment. I am taking my SCJD certification now and using JEdit. I have configure the ANT plugin and run my test all the time. The other good time is the XML plugin/editor which is quite good for editing; i.e. build.xml for example. Richard
I have been using jGRASP. I like it a lot and it's free. You can run programs right from there or from a dos window too. Anyone else use it? Other students at my school complain becuase they say it is too slow. I like though. Would be great to hear any comments. jGRASP version 1.5.3 Beta 3. Check http://www.eng.auburn.edu/grasp/ for the latest version of jGRASP.