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    Hello all.
    I am very new to Java, and very new to programming itself. I have come here to try to learn and explore around.

    I need some suggestions on what kind of text editor to use when writing Java code. Right now I am using Notepad++, which I have had no problem out of, but is there anything better? Is Notepad++ a good thing to use for Java? Like I said, I am a total noobie, but very willing to listen. Also, what is Eclipse? Is this some kind of text editor like Notepad++? Should I be using Eclipse instead?

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    Default Re: Suggested Text Editors

    Quote Originally Posted by Uchiha_Kori View Post
    Hello all.
    I am very new to Java, and very new to programming itself. I have come here to try to learn and explore around.

    I need some suggestions on what kind of text editor to use when writing Java code. Right now I am using Notepad++, which I have had no problem out of, but is there anything better? Is Notepad++ a good thing to use for Java? Like I said, I am a total noobie, but very willing to listen. Also, what is Eclipse? Is this some kind of text editor like Notepad++? Should I be using Eclipse instead?

    Thanks.
    Eclipse is one of the more popular free Java IDE's (for integrated development environment). Other popular ones include NetBeans, and IntelliJ Idea community edition. These guys make coding somewhat easier in that there is auto-completion of code, code templates, easy compilation and running, and especially syntax checking on the fly. The down-side is that they are large complex beasts, and it's tough enough climbing the learning curve of a new language much less to climb two steep learning curves at the same time. Myself, I recommend jumping in to the IDE of your choice as soon as you start feeling somewhat comfortable with the language.

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    Eclipse is great but can take a little while to learn. JGrasp is probably the easiest IDE to jump into and start writing code and running apps. If you start with JGrasp, make sure youlearn eclipse little by little.

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    Default Re: Suggested Text Editors

    Thanks so much for the help and advice. I think I'll give Eclipse a try sometime, but I'll keep using Notepad++. I'm really trying to avoid learning curves, but all the while willing to learn anything and everything. Would the term "IDE" be better used to describe these better than "text editors"? This is the first time I've heard of Integrated Development Enviornments. I have simply just been calling them text editors up to this point.

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    From experience JGrasp is as easy to use as notepad++ but does a lot more, just a suggestion. Then some of the features it has over notepad will help you progress to a more robust IDE like netbeans or my Fav eclipse.

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