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Aris Doxakis
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Hello fellow ranchers,
trying to start programming java applications for desktop.What program should i use??
thnx in advance...
 
sven studde
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Any simple text editor with automatic indenting. Syntax highlighting is a very nice feature as well. google for one. As you get more experienced, the single best feature I have used is being able to type in a few letters and then hitting return to get the full phrase you want in your code. My editor has a file to which I can add a sequence of letters and associate it with a phrase. For instance, I have it set up so when I type "Sys" and then hit return, I get the code:

System.out.println("

That is a big time saver because java has lots of really long names and commands that are too frustrating to type out by hand.
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Bauke Scholtz
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sven: this is called an IDE (Integrated Development Environment)

I recommended an IDE for developing in Java. It has a lot nice features and wizards. Also you can quickly see whether some piece of code wouldn't compile, which will be surpressed with warnings (where you can learn from).

Eclipse is the best available freeware IDE. You can download a base Eclipse IDE from eclipse.org, but there are also Eclipse-based IDE's with some more features, funny plugins and wizards, for example JBoss, ObjectWeb Lomboz, and go so on.

Another kinds of IDE's are: Sun Java Studio Creator and NetBeans. I dislike NetBeans. The Java Studio Creator is okay, but I personally prefer Eclipse (specific: WebSphere Studio Application Developer @ work and Lomboz @ home).
[ October 17, 2006: Message edited by: Bauke Scholtz ]
 
Aris Doxakis
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Has eclipse Graphical User Interface?
 
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Yes.
 
Jesper de Jong
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Originally posted by Aris Doxakis:
Has eclipse Graphical User Interface?


Yes, look at http://www.eclipse.org
 
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Personally, i'd reccomend staying AWAY from an IDE for a while. it's hard enough learning a language, but when you throw in learning an IDE on top, it makes it exponentially harder (IMHO).
 
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Justin Fox
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NOTEPAD!

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Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
Personally, i'd reccomend staying AWAY from an IDE for a while. it's hard enough learning a language, but when you throw in learning an IDE on top, it makes it exponentially harder (IMHO).

I agree!

But as a step up from a plain text editor, you can try a "source code editor." These give you things like line numbering and syntax highlighting, but don't complicate matters like full-fledged IDEs can. Some free examples are TextWrangler for Mac, or Crimson Editor for Windows.
 
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