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Suggestions for good Java Editor program

 
Pete Tyo
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I am new to java and was wondering if there are any good editors that you all may have used. I did a search on google and it returned many programs. I do have Visual Java from Microsoft but I am having a time trying to learn it. Open for suggestions...

Should I stick with visual java or get a java editor that may be easier for me to use?

Thanks,

Pete
 
miguel lisboa
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if you make a search for IDE in javaranch forums you'll find zillions of threads alike;

i dont know your editor but one thing i know for sure: better learn java then the editor

when starting with java is very important understanding classpath mechanisms and javac and java messages, so dont let your editor hide those from you

TextPad is very popular

good luck
 
Neeraj Dheer
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I read somewhere on JavaRanch itself that Microsoft Visual Java is not a very good editor to use.

I also agree with Miguel's point. You will find this in ALL forums for IDEs. IDEs are normally recommended for 'seasoned' programmers who know what the languase is all about.

If you are a beginner, you should stick to a simpler Text Editor.

And yes, i agree with Miguel again, TextPad is very popular, i use it myself.
 
Edwin Dalorzo
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There are many:

My free recommendations:

  • Netbeans
  • Eclipse

  • My commertial recommendations:
  • JDeveloper
  • IntellijIDEA
  • JBuilder
  • SunOne Studio
  • Sun Java Studio Creator


  • My text editor recommendations:
  • Programmer's Notepad
  • Gel
  • Jext
  • JEdit

  • I really like JDeveloper and you can use it for free if it is for learning purposes. In the text editor side I like programmers notepad.

    Sometimes it is better to start with a text editor because it forces you to learn well the API because it does not have intellisense.

    Hope it helps.
    [ May 16, 2005: Message edited by: Edwin Dalorzo ]
     
    Nigel Browne
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    Originally posted by Pete Tyo:
    I do have Visual Java from Microsoft but I am having a time trying to learn it.


    I hate to rain on your parade but there is no product called Visual Java from Microsoft. If you mean Visual J++ which was an attempt by Microsoft to hijack the language by making sure that the code you wrote only worked on a microsoft JVM, then yes you should change to the latest JDK and use an editor like JEdit to learn java. Microsoft no longer actively support Visual J++ as far as I'm aware.
    If you mean Visual J# well this is definately not Java. There are plenty of discussions about the Microsoft vs Sun court case that arose due to Visual J++ just do a search to find out more information.
     
    Gregg Bolinger
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    Moving to the IDE forum.
     
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