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kasun chathuranga
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I am using Ubuntu 7.10 on my PC. I want to use a simple java code editor rather than Netbeans or Eclipse. It's better if the editor provides some user friendly things like when type the left bracket, it will auto generate the right bracket and place the cursor in the middle of those. The key words are getting highlighted and small things you know...
I have used such kind a editor on windows called "phpdesigner".
Can somebody direct me to a free editor which runs on Ubuntu environment.

thank you!
f. nikita thomas
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if you google around you'll find many opensource ide's and editors. jedit comes to mind ...


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Campbell Ritchie
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If you are using the gnome desktop, then gedit with automatic indentation and syntax highlighting set is a very nice editor. I use it all the time.
Joe Ess
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I use JEdit for scripts and simple projects. It's cross platform (yea, java) so you can have the same environment in both Windows and *nix. It has a pretty good plugin library so you can add features as you need them (code completion, XML schema checking, hex editor, compiler integration to name a few).


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Jesper de Jong
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You could just use gedit, the default text editor on your Ubuntu system. It does syntax highlighting for Java.

A very nice, lightweight IDE which is very easy to use is Geany. It's in the Ubuntu repository, so it's easy to install:


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Brian Moakley
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I used to use Kate back in the day. I liked it because it had a console embedded in the application so I could code and compile. Note, It does require the KDE libraries (btw).
Campbell Ritchie
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Yes, Kate would require KDE; Kate Konqueror and Kedit work on the K desktop and gedit works on Gnome. I shall try Geany, as Jesper Young suggests; I often use Ubuntu.
Rob Spoor
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Nedit can also have syntax highlighting enabled. You'll have to do this manually once I think, then save the configuration. I don't really know since I don't program in Linux that much anymore, and if I do it's using VIM.


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G. Red
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I like VIM / Gvim. It does a lot and is pretty compact, and almost always included any *nix install.

However, NetBeans is awesome. You should use it (or a similar IDE) if at all possible.
kasun chathuranga
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thank x a lot!!
Geany is the editor which i'm looking for....
Joe Ess
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Originally posted by Campbell Ritchie:
Yes, Kate would require KDE; Kate Konqueror and Kedit work on the K desktop and gedit works on Gnome.


Just to be picky, Kate requires KDE libraries and Gedit requires Gnome libraries. You can run Gedit in KDE and Kate in Gnome if the required libraries (not necessarily the complete desktop manager) are present.
For another example, Gimp, the popular image manipulation tool, is written using the Gnome libraries (GTK, Glib, and so on) and runs just fine in KDE (Kubuntu, in my case).
Campbell Ritchie
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Originally posted by Joe Ess:
Kate requires KDE libraries and Gedit requires Gnome libraries.
Oh, I never knew that. Thank you.
 
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