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Old 11-20-2001, 10:17 AM   #1
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Whats the best, free, program for writing and running Java

I use Emacs in Windows, its not that great for new users but it does the trick, and I have emacs for linux, I haven't tried installing the JDK yet to see if the JDE mode is available, but I was hoping there were better programs available for free...anyways, I'm just curious...I'll be programming in Windows since I have to hand in Windows compatible just to be safe.
Old 11-20-2001, 11:08 AM   #2
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I use Emacs JDE myself under Linux and it works brillianty. However you may want to have a look at sun's Forte if you wanted a dedicated Java IDE.

Forte for Java
Old 11-22-2001, 12:53 AM   #3
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you can try borlands free version of jbuilder. its cross platform and really good. the only downside is that its a little slow (written in java) and its a little picky unless you go all out with it. (ie it doesn't like to do just part of the project, it wants to do it all)
Old 11-22-2001, 02:13 AM   #4
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I've found an editor that can handle with several languages, such as Ada, C, C++, Java and VHDL : its name is grasp. It's supported under Unix AND M$Win. The latest version is 6.32 and you can find it at

Hope it will appeal to you !!!

Old 11-22-2001, 04:05 AM   #5
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I've been using Emacs 21 and JDE for the past few weeks (under Debian). It works perfectly for me and I don't know how I would cope if forced to use something else.

Ctrl+x, Ctrl+s, Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v, Ctrl+c, Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v, Ctrl+r
Old 11-23-2001, 04:31 PM   #6
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I use emacs in Linux and it is great. It sets out the code in a nice format, easy to understand, using colour as well!

One thing you will also need if you use emacs is a java compiler, either from sun itself or jikes, as well as the java interpreter.
Old 11-23-2001, 04:56 PM   #7
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On the subject of colour, if you ever find yourself in the position of having to produce printouts then take a look at enscript it can be told to syntax highlight java (among other languages).

It produces postscript output which can be sent to a printer or file (so you can make PDFs to print at school/uni/work)
Old 12-06-2001, 01:07 PM   #8
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I like NEdit pretty well. It's a good, multi-language syntax highlighting editor. It's not specific to Java, however.

JBuilder works with Java, but doesn't work well with much else (it does some HTML).

Glimmer is another editor, but it has with more features. And Code Crusader.

It really depends on what you are going to want to be doing, but if you mean standard Java, with no gcj (or is is gjc?) or Kaffe, etc., then JBuilder is probably the best choice. The free version doesn't seem to have much screen building capability, but then neither do the editors.
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if you're using KDE, the editor Kate is pretty good. u can even invoke the command line from within the editor itself.


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