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Ryan Senior
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Hello,
Is Forte for Java by Sun a good alternative to vi and command line JDK? I program solely on the Linux platform and am not really sure of alternatives to what I am using now. Forte seems like a very powerful development tool, but is it worth the time to learn? Will it weaken my programming skill or enhance it?
Thanks a lot,
Ryan
 
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Forte looks good to me, though I haven't used it too much (either use EMACS or Visual Cafe). Only thing I found a problem was undertanding its unusual project organizer - which is mainly because I was too lazy to sit down and puzzle out what appears to be a very sophisticated environment.
As for weakening your programming skills, if using an IDE weakens you, I know a lot of weak people. Um, er..., well, that's another story
 
Adrian Yan
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One thing I don't like about Forte is that it sucks up all my memory. I really don't think IDE is bad for your programming skills in general. I do like to use IDE once in awhile, especially in debugging mode.
Most of the time, I prefer using Notepad type editor.
 
John M. Gabriele
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I've been using jEdit for a while and recently tried getting into FFJ. Couldn't do it. A gui editor along with a browser aimed at the api docs still does a nice job for me.
It's probably that I'm not experienced enough, but using an IDE
A. gives me a bunch of other stuff to learn (using the darn thing).
B. takes away the manual control you have with an editor and command line tools (ok, I know it doesn't really take the control away--but you have to learn the system and dig for the control with an IDE).
C. makes me forget how to use Swing.
 
Ryan Senior
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well, I'm asking because I only use Linux. I don't have Windows
and actually have no use for Windows. I currently use an X version of vi and command line jdk. I'm all for making my life
easier, and if Forte can do that, then it's worth the time invested. And you're right about it sucking up memory, it is a memory hog.
 
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I have used Forte for awhile and love it. I do not let it compile my code or let it do any of my GUI construction I like it because it keeps my code indented for me, gives me the list of things I can use incase I forget the exact name of a method and it color codes everything. Also it lets me know which braces go with each other and which () goes with which. Never worried about this until I was developing some monster programs and got a few braces out of place. I do believe in doing your own coding and not letting the IDE do half of it for you.
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