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I do not do much editing on Windows, so I'll defer to Keith Trnka.
- EditPlus is Keith Trnka's editor of choice on Windows. Keith
says, "It's addictive not only for syntax highlighting and basic
autocompletion, but you can assign commands to certain keyboard
shortcuts and a special menu. This means you can create a keyboard
shortcut to compile the current file and one to run the current
file. (If you have the Java SDK installed on your computer.) However,
unlike nedit, it is shareware. In the case of EditPlus, that means you
should purchase a license if you use the program for more than 30 days
although the program will still run fine after 30 days."
- UltraEdit is another popular programmer's text editor.
- Just as you can use nedit in UNIX, it can be used on
Windows. However, you will need to install cygwin or some other X
Window server. nedit supports a client/server mode to facilitate
remote file editing.
- Standard UNIX Editors
- You can run emacs, vi, pico, etc. over a terminal session
(preferrably ssh). You can run graphical applications remotely as well
by using Exceed or VNC. If you prefer to edit files on a Windows
computer but like UNIX editors, take a look at cygwin. It's a UNIX operating
environment for Windows. So you get the UNIX text editors and all
sorts of other UNIX commands.
- Standard UNIX Editors
- Of course you can use emacs, xemacs, vi, pico, etc.
I do not recommend pico for editing programs because it does not
do syntax highlighting or smart tabbing.
- Some people like to use nedit in UNIX environments primarily for
syntax highlighting and to use the mouse. It is available on strauss
and can easily be installed on an EE/CIS account. Some people say that
it "feels like Windows."
Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)
IDEs tend to use a lot of CPU time and a lot of memory so they aren't
appropriate for use on most Suns because multiple users share those
This page heavily borrowed from Keith Trnka
- Borland JBuilder
- The JBuilder Foundation is the free version for personal
use. I've heard it's very easy to use.
- Eclipse is a powerful IDE based on plug-ins and is becoming an
industry standard. It has plug-ins for Java, C++, ApsectJ, web
A student introduced me to NetBeans. I found it to be a little easier to
use than Eclipse.
- Sun ONE
- The Sun website is a little confusing, as they keep changing
everything. You should be able to find Sun's IDE from the above link.
It's also supplied with the optional Core Java books too.
- I played around with this one a bit and I think it's very nice,
especially for coursework. It's not really that complicated
either. This IDE is probably small and simple enough to run on a
Sun. It's only a couple of megabytes and is written in Java.
- Other IDEs for Java
- A Google search will return many more IDEs than what are listed here.