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I'm going to be taking Java next semester and it's the second Java class so I need to prepare myself a bit before I take it because I haven't used java before.

Is there a decent text editor that compiles java just like text pad which I used to use for c++, but it's not free.
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I really like Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/). It's very powerful, you can specify syntax for various languages. And you can select columns, which makes it very useful in doing things outside of programming.

Addditional info: If you want to compile java directly from Notepad++, you can!
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Originally Posted by saurongt;14560709 
I really like Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/). It's very powerful, you can specify syntax for various languages. And you can select columns, which makes it very useful in doing things outside of programming.

Addditional info: If you want to compile java directly from Notepad++, you can!

Something i liked from textpad was that it numbered rows and colored different line syntax, does that do that or I'm asking too much? hehe Regardless of that I'm going to give it a try I mean I can ask much for something free.
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My personal favourite text-editor for code IS:

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Jgrasp is a good java lightweight IDE / Text based editor, real easy to use, has debug output etc. Free too.

http://www.jgrasp.org/
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post #6 of 14
Eclipse is the most popular free IDE
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GVim. Once you learn to master it with the shortcuts.....you won't change.
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Woooh thanks guys, will rep you all!

I did not think there were so many free, to be honest I'm sort of new to programing and don't know anything about it. I took a c++ intro class like 5 years ago and used textpad. But I'm going to be studying Security so I had the option to choose between java and c++. I choose java since I think it's more useful than c++ since I'm not going deep in to Computer Science.
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post #9 of 14
The only one I have used is Jgrasp (my professors made us use it because they created it) and it is pretty decent. It has a lot of nice features that you dont get with some basic IDE but it is not as fancy as some.

edit: You might want to think about c++ some more. A lot of the applications are made using c++, but it could be different in different places.

Also I believe netbeans was another Java IDE that was free. Had some people use it to make GUIs because it was more user friendly there.
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Woooh thanks guys, will rep you all!

I did not think there were so many free, to be honest I'm sort of new to programing and don't know anything about it. I took a c++ intro class like 5 years ago and used textpad. But I'm going to be studying Security so I had the option to choose between java and c++. I choose java since I think it's more useful than c++ since I'm not going deep in to Computer Science.

Most Java IDEs are free. Eclipse or netbeans are the most used. Personally I prefer Eclipse.

If you don't to compile and just do editing, then notepad++ will do the job.
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