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Rob MacKinnon
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Joined: Dec 17, 2001
Posts: 4
I was woundering if any one is using or knows of a text editor for Mac that is geard towards java code. I have used UltraEdit32 for Windows and it seems very nice and basic. Can anyone direct me in the right direction.
thanks Rob
Jason Kretzer
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Joined: May 31, 2001
Posts: 280
I hear that BBEdit Lite is a great Mac editor. I don't know first hand though.
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Rob MacKinnon
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Joined: Dec 17, 2001
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BBEdit is a good for HTML but not java. thanks though
Rob
Bear Bibeault
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Mac OS 9 or OS X?
Since OS X is bascially UNIX with a good JVM, any IDE written in Java will work. Alternatively, if you want to get involved in running an X Server, you could use any UNIX/X-Windows IDE.
Personally, I'm using Omnicore CodeGuide. It's not freeware and will cost you $300 a seat (unless you are a student or faculty). If you want to go the freeware route, there's always Netbeans (shudder).
hth,
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Bear Bibeault
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Oh, and yes, I use BBEdit for HTML and other text editing. In fact, I just upgraded to 6.5.2, and as they say "It still doesn't suck"
hth,
bear
Pauline McNamara
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Joined: Jan 19, 2001
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You might try this:
http://www.bluej.org/
[ March 30, 2002: Message edited by: Pauline McNamara ]
Gaurav Mac Mathur
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Joined: Feb 19, 2002
Posts: 47
BB Edit is Good, but i see people using eclipse which is much simpler to use.
Personally I use BB Edit...
Cheers
Bear Bibeault
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If you want a full-blown Java IDE, and have some $ to spend, I highly recommend Omnicore CodeGuide. Works great on all of the big 3 platforms (OS X, Linux and Windoze).
It has JSP support, but no HTML helpers. For that I still use BBEdit.
hth,
bear
Simon Brown
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I use IntelliJ IDEA which runs great on OS X. I am also currently looking for a text editor though and have heard good things about BBEdit.
Michael Yuan
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JEdit is very good. There is an article about JEdit on this week's javaWorld.


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Jamie Martel
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Joined: Jun 27, 2002
Posts: 9
Hi Rob,
I too develop on the mac (OS X) using Java. I've just started using eclipse, which seems to work quite well. Give it a go and see what you think:
http://eclipse.planetmirror.com/downloads/
Minne,
SCJP


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Jamie Martel
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Joined: Jun 27, 2002
Posts: 9
By the way Rob,
you may want to use a different download site, depending on where you are - the one in my last post points to Australia.
Just go to www.eclipse.org
Minnie
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Simon Brown
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Thanks for the link Minnie. BTW, could you just take a quick look at our naming policy and edit your screen name?
Cheers!
Simon
Frank Malinowski
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Joined: Jul 24, 2003
Posts: 30
Originally posted by Rob MacKinnon:
BBEdit is a good for HTML but not java. thanks though
Rob


Are you using BBEdit or BBEdit Lite? Also, what are you looking for in an editor? If you are looking for something similar to UltraEdit32 then I would think that BBEdit would fit the bill very nicely. The latest version works very well with OS X, even integrating some command line elements (launching bbedit from the command line, running scripts directly from BBEdit, etc.)
BBEdit does nice code coloring and commenting in Java. If, however you are looking for something with code completion then BBEdit will not fit the bill and you will need to look elsewhere.
Please let us know exactly what features you are looking for and we will be better able to offer suggestions.
Later, Frank
Pauline McNamara
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Welcome to JavaRanch Frank.
I was using BBEdit (the $ version, not lite) but just tried out JEdit and am happier with JEdit. I only use basic code editing, no IDE stuff (syntax coloring, line numbers, auto indentation).
I had trouble with BBEdit on a couple counts.
If I had line numbers displayed and then turned them off, the indentation was all lost (all lines started at column 1, very irritating). Also, could it be that line numbers actually become part of the text too? (Not sure I'm remembering that correctly.)
Couldn't get the search dialogue to stay displayed in order to go through a document to search and replace something one item at a time.
Maybe the BBEdit settings weren't quite right, but anyway, I got JEdit set up quickly enough and it's doing the job right for me now.
Cheers,
Pauline
James Swan
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Joined: Jun 26, 2001
Posts: 403
I 2nd the BBEdit / CodeGuide combination.
BBEdit rocks for HTML formatting and CodeGuide does a good job of Java/JSP/C++/etc formatting and the remote debugging support is very cool (ie debugging servlets etc).
Ryan Lowe
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Joined: Aug 04, 2003
Posts: 18
Take a tour of xCode (to be available with Panther) on www.apple.com. It promises to be an AWESOME IDE.
 
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