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a really good Java editor

Vinod Venugopal
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Joined: Dec 06, 2000
Posts: 148
I know this topic hasnt got anything to do with Swing/AWT but , I'm lookin for a Java Editor which is:
1) free
2) does not take up memory like some of the existing ones
3) able to do normal stuff such as syntax highlighting,compiling,running ,macros would be of great help.
I have tinkered with Forte,VJ++,JBuilder & these guys are system resources dependent.
Also then I tried with WinEdit, TextPad & JCreator is the latest I have used( its pretty good , but still takes some resources with multiple files ). So any ideas? And pls no Java based ones

- Vinod<br />-------<br />SCJP2
Manfred Leonhardt
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Joined: Jan 09, 2001
Posts: 1492
Hi Vinrod,
I use EditPlus which is free as long as you can live with the register screen that comes up everytime you launch it. It only costs $25 to get it registered and I think it is worth it!
Sorry forgot to give you the website:
[ January 22, 2002: Message edited by: Manfred Leonhardt ]
Michael Szul
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Joined: Sep 18, 2001
Posts: 57
Textpad works great on my machine at work (Win NT 4).
At home I actually use Forte on my Linux box, sure it eats up resources, but you can configure it so that it doesn't load every module. If you want the full effects of an ide, you'll have to go to one of these bulky ones.
Emacs is also a good choice for both windows and unix-based systems. You can get a whole lot of different plugins for it.
Nathan Pruett

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
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My favorite editors are TextPad and IDEA... I mostly use TextPad because it's easy to use, does syntax highlighting, and runs java programs with a keypress... all I usually need from an editor. IDEA from IntelliJ is really great, it runs fast, provides lots of general IDE functionality like code highlighting and completion, viewing javaDocs based on reference, jumping to the definition of a method or class... heck, it even has built in code refactoring functions! However, it is kind of expensive... at least for someone trying to pay back their college loans like me... Though I am trying to talk the company I work for into buying it for us to use...


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Jason Kretzer
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Joined: May 31, 2001
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Since someone mentioned Emacs, I am under obligation to mention VIM. It can be run in both Windows and Linux/Unix.
You can check out quite a few IDE's at my website where I have compiled a decent list.
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Deepak Shah
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Joined: Nov 29, 2000
Posts: 97
I will vote for Textpad !
Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
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My vote is for JCreator which offers a free version that does everything you are after.

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Ian Lockwood

Joined: Aug 01, 2001
Posts: 22
Hi my vote for an IDE goes to Visual Cafe 4.5 though it too is very hungry for your system resources.
As for a plain editor I like Text Pad its simple quick and it works.

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Vinod Venugopal
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Joined: Dec 06, 2000
Posts: 148
Thanx a lot guys!
I shall try out Edit Plus+ , Manfred
& Nate, I shall be trying out IDEA too & let u know asap, the features are cool at the website , especially the method refactoring one.
Till that time , I shall be using TextPad
Wish it had reusable GUI components that could be dragged from toolbar as in the bulky editors.
I agree. Here's the link:
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