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If you want a free IDE try jEdit. It's built in Java. Not as fancy as Visual Age, more like a text editor, but more to it than Textpad.
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Hello Scott
I'm new to free IDE. How does jEdit compare with something like jCreator?
 
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JCreator Pro is much better than JEdit, I think. I am a beginning Java Programmer, so being able to set up a blank Java page quickly is a key thing for me. I have done almost of the exercises in Chap 2 of Deitel & Deitel book! Java is so, so much fun.
You know what is funny? Since I have been reading up on classes and objects it has actually changed my approach to life in general. It seems like I can't get enough of figuring out all the attributes and actions of every darn thing I run in to!
Does this mean I am insane? Would you anyone say that this is a good thing for my chances of someday becoming a paid programmer and possibly acquiring a Java Certification?
Thank you,
Thomas
 
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LOL Thomas...That hopefully doesn't mean you're insane cause I used to do the same thing when I first started to program...and that was just with C++. Everything is a class in Java, I drove myself crazy doing that. I think that is a good sign actually. It means you're enthusiastic about it and it'll probably drive you not only to write lots of code, but to write well written code as well. Keep up the practice with Deitel & Deitel, they're really good to learn from.
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okay, i am officially addicted to JavaRanch...aaaahhhh!!! i thought i was supposed to PROGRAM Java !?!
 
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I'm the same way Thomas, still relatively new, it's a very exciting language to learn
JCreator is a good IDE, there are a lot of free ones out there. Check out WebSphere are www.eclipse.org if you want a very robust one, but it has more bells and whistles than probably needed right now
I periodically do a search on www.dogpile.com for Free Java IDE, and check a few out. So far, I've stuck with JCreator though, just a personal preference.
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the one thing i want is a free (NOT shareware, or time limited version) java editor that has these features:
+ more than one file open at once
+ preserved tabs
+ intelli-sense (object methods/properties drop after '.')
+ compiler w/in the IDE. this is not totally necessary
+ stable, stable, stable....i can't say this for JCreator
+ ability to create a java file from a blank page, NOT have to create a project just for a single java file
thomas
 
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JCreator LE seems to have everything you mentioned except for the drop-down (doesn't appear available on the free version, evaluation version does). As far as being stable, I've never had a problem with it. Personally don't mind that I have to look up the API every now and then to figure out what a certain method is, parameters, etc. Better to learn that way, IMHO.
Forte is a nice IDE, except for the fact that it is resource intensive. If you have a powerful machine, though, might not be an issue.
I've tried a couple others (like RealJ) that claims it has the pop-up for methods, but it never seems to work.
Jason
 
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