I don't know what to look for or use since i'm using a Macbook, but i want to use a Text editor that works on macbook and uses the java language that is good for a beginner like me. Later on i'm thinking of moving on to netbeans or eclipse so i don't want to use something that can make it harder for me to use one of those IDE later on. Thanks in advance ^-^
sal jefferson is right, TextWrangler is very good.
For your own curiousity you can also try vim or/and emacs (these are console based, and could be more difficult to start with).
Both are already pre-installed on your system. Type in terminal window "man vim" or "man emacs" (man stands for manual) and you'll see their manuals.
There are vim tutorial out there too, you can access it by typing in terminal "vimtutor", or "vim" and later ":help".
But I agree that TextWrangler probably is the best for start.
Peter Rooke wrote:Why not just use vi, it will hurt your head at first, but its worth knowing.
As someone who switches between various server environments every day, I know you are right. However, for a beginner, I think the learning curve of VI combined with trying to learn Java is a bit much.
I usually use JEdit for simple tasks on any platform (written in Java!). I recently embarked on a journey of discovery to find a more "Macish" text editor. I tried Geany (which is probably more Linux-ish), but it didn't light my fire.
There are many others. One of my recent hires adores Sublime Text. It's pretty slick if you like working with the keyboard (like VI). Brackets looks very cool and is backed by Adobe, but it looked a little web page-centric for my purposes.
With this many choices, one should try a few and keep the one(s) they like working with.