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vydhehi paruchuri
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I just started preparing for SCJD.

I have not used any Java IDE's until now.

Are there any good IDE's available for free download?

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Paul Bourdeaux
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Personally I am a big TextPad user. It does not automatically generate any code (which is a plus for the SCJD), and it does not try to force code into its own packaging standards like some others.

There are better IDEs out there... but I have been using TextPad for so long that I keep coming back to it. And it's free (for a trial version).
 
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I'm a very happy Eclipse (www.eclipse.org) user.
Eclipse compile checks your code while you type, much like MS-Word does for text documents. It also helps with generating javadoc comments (it templates them for you), notifies you when you have unused fields or methods, etc.
It also has a great debugger.

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peter wooster
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Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:
Personally I am a big TextPad user. It does not automatically generate any code (which is a plus for the SCJD), and it does not try to force code into its own packaging standards like some others.

There are better IDEs out there... but I have been using TextPad for so long that I keep coming back to it. And it's free (for a trial version).


I agree, you should use a text editor for the SCJD. I use jEdit and TextPad. TextPad is faster and a has some nice features but only runs in Windows. It requires an inexpensive license to avoid the startup annoyance. jEdit is totally free, written in Java so its portable and supports lots of useful plugins. I use the Antfarm plugin for Ant and the Gruntspud plugin for CVS.
 
Inuka Vincit
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JBuilder... its free just dont use the GUI builder tool.
http://www.borland.com/jbuilder/

I use JEdit as well for some other stuff its a bit slow. JBuilder is a very very good editor on par with the editor that comes with MS .net. I love the syntax highlighting features, and the fact that it recognizes all my classes. You could also use it as a build tool if you are too lazy to learn ANT.
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Ed Tse
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Eclipse is good
 
peter wooster
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Originally posted by Inuka Vincit:
JBuilder... its free just dont use the GUI builder tool.
http://www.borland.com/jbuilder/

I use JEdit as well for some other stuff its a bit slow. JBuilder is a very very good editor on par with the editor that comes with MS .net. I love the syntax highlighting features, and the fact that it recognizes all my classes. You could also use it as a build tool if you are too lazy to learn ANT.

[ October 28, 2004: Message edited by: Inuka Vincit ]


I hate the .Net editor, it make too many assumptions about what I want to do. I've used lots of different IDEs and find them all intrusive. I actually used JBuilder Standard Edition for quite a while and found it one of the better in the IDE world. Currently I use jEdit, its not slow if your machine is more tham 500MHz and has more than 512Meg memory. If your machine is less than that, you should consider replacing it.
 
Inuka Vincit
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Originally posted by peter wooster:


I hate the .Net editor, it make too many assumptions about what I want to do. I've used lots of different IDEs and find them all intrusive. I actually used JBuilder Standard Edition for quite a while and found it one of the better in the IDE world. Currently I use jEdit, its not slow if your machine is more tham 500MHz and has more than 512Meg memory. If your machine is less than that, you should consider replacing it.


When you have a large network topology running on a java based simulator in the background while editing.. you begin to feel the big difference between compiled code and non compiled code (even with 1GB memory ). But even under normal conditions the slight perfromance penalty of jEdit is noticable although the features and ease of use make it much better than most of the editors outhere.
 
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