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One of the cool features of one text editor I had encountered was that the functions body can be expanded/compressed by clicking a tree like structure. like a BLACK BOX, you just see the function definition when compressed.
Our group of developers have always wanted such feature instead of plain textpad to write code. It reduces scrolling and helps in faster dveelopment as we can focus only on required code changes.
Does your IDE provide something like that? Also there are some cool editing functions provided by TEXTPAD. Would like to know more towards editing features of the IDE.
if i got you right,i think the expansion/compression of function body which you were refering to is present in eclipse from version3.1 itself..please check once again...i am using version 3.1 and that feature is well supported in it..
It really boils down to what you need. If you need a Java source editor, the base Eclipe SDK is going to fit this bill just fine for you. But if you want other tools like a DB Explorer, ER Diagram tool, reverse-engineering tools, visual HTML/JSP/Struts/JSF/Facelets designers and advanced tooling like that, looking at a commercial and affordable tool like MyEclipse may be a good thing to check out.
Jothi, My pleasure. I hope you guys get a chance to try out MyEclipse. If you do I'd encourage you to just step through 1 of our Basic tutorials (Web Projects is a good one) then 1 tutorial for whichever technology you wanted to try out.