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What development environment for Complete Newbs?

 
Terry Wynn
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What would you suggest for editor et al for a complete newb to Java?

Should I still be running from the command window?

Any other tools I should acquire?

 
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a complete noob should use the command line and a simple text editor. notepad works if you are careful and don't let it stick the '.txt' extension on the end of your .java files.
 
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OK.

Then is there a way to make the command line interpreter a little smarter?

Also,
I see a lot of examples copied from some editor that numbers lines, what is that?

 
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What do you mean by 'make the command line interpreter a little smarter"?

and if you paste your code in here using the 'code' tags, it will number them for you.
 
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Terry Wynn wrote:OK.

Then is there a way to make the command line interpreter a little smarter?

Also,
I see a lot of examples copied from some editor that numbers lines, what is that?



NotePad++ is a good way to go. It provides a little functionality, but is not really an IDE.

What do you mean "make the command line interpreter smarter"? What ar eyou wanting it to do?
 
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things that are available from shells in Linux, like repeat last command, finish command, that sort of thing.

 
Terry Wynn
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I have installed Notepad++

How do I link N++ to the default of Java source code so that I can click and open with N++ ?

Thank you

 
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assuming windows, you can hit the up arrow to scroll through your prior commands (at least on my two windows boxes). Tab will often complete a file name, but not a command (to my knowledge).
 
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Terry Wynn wrote:I have installed Notepad++

How do I link N++ to the default of Java source code so that I can click and open with N++ ?

Thank you



Not sure how to do it from within N++ (don't have it on this computer), but you could just right click on a .java fine, select "Open With...", then "Choose Program" and select notePad++, and set it as the default for those kinds of files.
 
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