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LinuxProgramming: Reviewing Three Java Text Editors: jEdit, J, and Jext

Sep 13, 2000, 15:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Foster-Johnson)

"These editors are especially useful for developing Java software for two main reasons. First, since Java is portable across operating systems, you're more likely to want to develop and test on multiple operating systems. Second, different tools require different infrastructure to run. For example, a text editor written in Tcl/Tk (another development language that also runs on multiple operating systems) requires the Tcl/Tk runtime engine. These editors, since they are all written in Java, require the Java runtime engine. If you are developing in Java, you must already have this component, so you should have all the necessary infrastructure already in place."

"Even though these editors focus a lot on Java development, they are text editors, so you can edit any text file you'd like. In addition, most of these editors have special syntax coloring modes for a number of programming languages."

"Text editors are central to the process of developing software. Regardless of the language, you use a text editor to make changes to the source code, and then run the code. Depending on the language, you may need to compile, or compile and link the code first. Typically this is done by invoking shell commands, such as jikes or javac for compiling Java code or cc for compiling and linking C code, or make to run a number of tasks to build a software package."

"Since text editors are central to the process of developing software, many editors provide more than just text editing. You'll find shell access (to run the aforementioned compilation tools, for example), integration with source code control systems, and other special features. Furthermore, all of these editors are configurable in ways that are not readily apparent. Each supports and underlying extension API."

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