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Dave Morley
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Joined: Jul 23, 2004
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Quick question anyone. Is there a good preferably cheap IDE or code editor a beginner can use. Notepad is getting a bit tedious. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks
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Paul Sturrock

Joined: Apr 14, 2004
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You'll get many more responses to this if you post it in the IDE forum. Eclipse is getting fairly ubiquitous these days - and its not bad. Google for it.

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Maarten Vergouwen
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I've sort of grown to like NetBeans to be honest (it takes all kinds....)
Dave Morley
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Thanks Guys

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Jeff Bosch
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I use EditPlus, a text editor on steroids. It's cheap (free to try, I think $25 to buy) and very powerful. It incorporates syntax highlighting, mainframe-like tools like column text selection, user-definable tools, and lots more. For example, I can write a Java application, and have my tools configured to compile the program by invoking the compiler and passing the source code's path and filename to the compiler. A window captures the compiler status and output for you too. Then, you can invoke the runtime engine with one keystroke, again passing the compiled file's path and name to the runtime engine.

I've used this program for about three or four years, and I still prefer it to the visual IDEs.

Give a man a fish, he'll eat for one day. Teach a man to fish, he'll drink all your beer.
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vidya gopal

Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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My choice is JEdit and it is free and downloadable from net.
Gregg Bolinger
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Moving to IDE's

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Lasse Koskela

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May I ask you to edit your display name so that it complies with our naming policy. Thanks.

Oh, and my weapon of choice is definitely Eclipse.

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