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Intro to jEdit: A Programmer's Text Editor

Oct 07, 2010, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Looking for a powerful, cross-platform, text editor? Look no farther than jEdit, a Java-based text editor specifically aimed at programmers but suitable for all types of users.

"Why choose jEdit? If you're like me and already have a favorite text editor, (Vim, of course) you might not see any reason to switch. Every once in a while, though, I like to test drive another editor and see how it stacks up. If you haven't chosen a text editor to call your own just yet, jEdit has some strong advantages.

"Naming isn't one of them — Java plus edit gives you jEdit. Well, OK, it's descriptive but dull. It'd be great if developers could use a little imagination instead of just sticking the first letter of the programming language to the front of the program. But, since it's written in Java, it's truly multiplatform. Run it on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, OpenIndiana, FreeBSD — whatever. As long as your OS has Java, it should run just fine. This is especially nice for Linux users who want to use the same text editor at home and work, where Windows may be mandated. See the jEdit compatibility page for details on the supported Java versions."

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