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Java: Text Editors

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An common alternative to using an Integrated Development Environment (see IDEs) is to use a text editor, then compile and run the program using Sun's Java Software Development Kit (SDK). Many programming editors provide some means of compiling and running Java programs from within the editor.

Description: A nice editor written in Java. Quite full featured with a plugin architecture that has inspired a lot of people to write some very useful plugins. The only real problem I've had is printing.
Comment: My favorite. Perhaps not quite as good yet as some of the for pay editors, but well on the way. I'm always eager to support open source Java software. This doesn't require any sacrifices to do so.
License: Free, open source.
URL: jedit.sourceforge.net
Description: A popular shareware editor. Interfaces to Java. Install after installing Java and you can compile and run Java programs from within TextPad. Set the line number option and tabs to 4 spaces (Configure: Preferences: Document Classes: Java: Tabulation).
License: Nagware. You can use the full editor for free, but you will see reminders to pay.
URL: www.textpad.com
Description: Another popular shareware editor.
License: 45 day free trial. $35
URL: www.ultraedit.com
Description: Does Java, Perl, C++, spell check, ...
License: shareware, $10, trial version
URL: www.editplus.com

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