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Java Programming

posted Jan 27, 2012, 6:12 AM by Joe Bieber   [ updated Aug 4, 2012, 9:21 AM ]
You don't need an IDE (Integrated Development Environment), but it sure makes things easier. There are many to choose from, but the most popular seem to be Eclipse and NetBeans. I'm currently working with Eclipse and I like it.
At the least, you are going to want to use a text editor that will properly highlight your syntax.

Here is a short list of IDEs.
  • Eclipse - My personal favorite. Open source, cross-platform, and written in JAVA.
  • Netbeans - I like it a lot. Good GUI builder, cross-platform, and also written in JAVA. 
  • BlueJ - Great for learning JAVA programming concepts, cross-platform, and written in JAVA.
  • JCreator - Only runs in Windows and written in C++.
  • IntelliJ - Cross-platform, written in JAVA, and the community addition is free to use.
Here is a short list of text editors.
  • Emacs - Open source, cross-platform and written in C, Emacs, Lisp
  • Jedit - Open source, cross-platform and written in JAVA
  • Notepad++ - Open source, Windows only, written in C++
  • Vim - Open source, cross-platform, written in C, Vimscript
  • Gedit - Open source, cross-platform written in C, Python
  • KGeditate - Open source, cross-platform written in C++