David Newton wrote:You can either have an IDE, or you can have something lightweight.
If text editor with syntax highlighting is enough then just about anything will work--there are a million of them.
Java source code *is* plain text: your issue with Notepad is most likely a line-ending issue.
Programming Java w/o an IDE, IMO, is essentially pointless--w/o an IDE you have all the disadvantages of Java and none of the advantages.
Fred Hamilton wrote:
Being a hobbyist, I don't see an IDE as a must, though if I ever decide to try make a dollar at it, I'll need proper tools I'm sure.
David Newton wrote:One value-add of IDEs is that they don't force you to remember as much and allow more ad-hoc (re-)discovery of functionality.
I can't even imagine running XP on a 256M machine, let alone developing Java. On a resource-constrained machine like that I'd use something else, like Forth.
Peter Johnson wrote:Try Notepad++, it is an open source tool.
I also favor UltraEdit, but it costs $$$.
Both do formatting and color highlighting and lots of other good stuff.