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    Is there a better editor than 'jedit' for Java coding?

    As the title asks, are there any better (preferably freeware) editors for long bouts of Java coding? I've not found anything wrong with jedit as it colour-codes and auto-indents everything very well but I do wonder if there are better editors around (specifically aimed at Java developers)?

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    Have a look for a program called BlueJ

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    Netbeans or eclipse are by far the best IDE's out there

    Eclipse is THE most popular Java IDE iirc

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    BlueJ is geared towards University Students. The syntax highlighting is not as good or as clear as Jedit imo.
    Last edited by Dorza; 18-05-2005 at 07:42 PM.

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    Try Textpad

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    Eclipse is my IDE of choice. It provides all the syntax highlighting you will need, internal compiler, error highlighting, auto completion, package layout etc etc.

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    Textpad isn't really _that_ good as it's not a fully featured IDE. In fact, it's not even an IDE, it's an advanced text editor. I'd prefer to go with an IDE such as Eclipse or Netbeans. Currently i use netbeans because i have to but Eclipse would be my choice.

    Big Leon, it also includes many other things provided by plugins. The reason why Eclipse is so good is because it's modular, you can install plugins which do certain things so it's not bogged down with crap. Netbeans however is fully featured which means there may be utilities you won't use (export to HTML for example is in Netbeans but not in Eclipse)

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    I use eclipse the majority of the time.
    To err is human. To really foul things up ... you need a computer.

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    IntelliJ IDEA. Not freeware but the daddy.

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    I dunno if the guy who started this thread was asking for an editor or an IDE. Since he was asking for a better editor than JEdit, I recommended Textpad. If he was asking for an IDE I would have recommended NB or Eclipse or IDEA. I use NB myself cause I am used to it and cause I dont have to go thru all the plugin drama that Eclipse has. And NB seems to have a lot of momentum going into he 4.2 release with some really awsome features that appeal to me when it comes to designing Swing based GUIs and so on.

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    The GUI creator is quite nifty in NB but i hand coded my last GUI just so i could learn something, i might use it for my next project, but it's going to make a mess of the code i reckon

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    The thing with the NB gui creator is that it generates code that you wont be able to go back into the editor to modify it by hand because the editor just makes the gui block of code uneditable. The code generated is not actually bad and is quite zippy and it uses threads whenever it can so the gui remains responsive. You just have to get used to editing visually and using the various options like post and pre code generation options to customize and do what you want to your GUI. IT is kind of unnerving at first but then it makes sense. I hear 4.2 is going to be the bomb when it comes to GUIs and they are even including visually being able to edit HTML and JSP.

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    Where did you hear about 4.2? There's no news from the netbeans about 4.2 whatsoever. In fact, 4.1 is still RC so why would they be thinking about 4.2 already? They're still developing 4.1

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    Eclipse...

    Works with all sorts of plugins etc... including the JUnit (TDD type stuff)
    Omondo UML plugin - V good IMHO and other cool bits and pieces.

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    A couple of the guys at my work use Eclipse so i'll be checking this out. Do I just need the Eclipse SDK 3.0.2 for the complete IDE for Java development? The Eclipse site, www.eclipse.org, is somewhat confusing to me!

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