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martin barfield
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I am having trouble getting started on this learning endevor. I can't seem to get past using a text editor and thus can't continue on to learning java. Does anyone have a suggestion?
Bear Bibeault
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I can't seem to get past using a text editor and thus can't continue on to learning java.


What do you mean by this?


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martin barfield
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Well, I am taking an intro to Java at a local community college. In class, we use a text editor (Crimson Editor) and I can't find any kind of documentation on it (tutorial, user's guide). It is very frustrating because I think I get the gist of Java Programming in general but haven't yet been able to practice. Based on my my reading, it seems to be recommended to stay away from the IDE's to start and focus on learning the actual programming language.
Christophe Verré
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Well, for learning, I recommend a simple text editor. This is more than enough. File/Open, File/Save is all your students need
So I don't think you need docs for Crimson Editor.


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marc weber
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Crimson Editor probably has a setting to select the language (Java), so that the syntax highlighting is correct. But as Satou said above, you shouldn't have to worry about much more than "File > Open" and "File > Save."

What specific issues are you having? Are you able to compile and run a Hello World program using this editor?


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