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I currently use coda 2 and dreamweaver cs5 and cs6 (i am looking to a Java editor, if you guys know of one, tell me)...
What are your preffered editors?

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    if you are just beginning, I would advice a very simple text-editor and the command prompt, so you'll learn how to compile, package, run, ... your applications without an IDE hiding the steps you should take. so, just beginning, notepad++ is a nice way to go. when you're more familiar … Read More

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(i am looking to a Java editor, if you guys know of one, tell me)

popular IDE's would be:

  • Netbeans (I most often use this since it's helped me in a lot of projects, used it in a long time to learn how to use it efficiently and I found it useful for other prog. languages related to my studies)
  • Eclipse
  • IntelliJ
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Preferred editor should depend on your preferred coding environment. On MS-Windows I prefer Visual Studio for C, C++, C# amd VB.NET. For others like HTML I just use Notepad. In *nix I use Code::Blocks or vi.

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Check out Eclipse. I use Zend PHP Studio, which is a PHP fork of eclipse, and really like it. I know Eclipse has a reputation as a Java editor. On my mac, I use Coda 2. No experience with the original Coda so I can't compare.

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I like the SharpDevelop IDE very useful for C# and IronPython.

With Java having all those security issues right now, I am reluctant to use software like Eclipse or Netbeans.

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With Java having all those security issues right now, I am reluctant to use software like Eclipse or Netbeans.

@ZZucker, i am beginning to learn java, so i may not have the same issue until i am at your skills (which could be in a while).

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if you are just beginning, I would advice a very simple text-editor and the command prompt, so you'll learn how to compile, package, run, ... your applications without an IDE hiding the steps you should take.

so, just beginning, notepad++ is a nice way to go.

when you're more familiar with both the language and the tools, you can step to a light-weight IDE, JCreator for instance for simple applications. it loads pretty fast and uses very little of your system's resources.

as for me: what I use depends on the project I'm working on.
when I'm working on a class library (supporting library, not a working stand-alone application) I usually start up NetBeans, same when I'm working on a Swing GUI (and no, I don't mean I use the editor, because the code that thing generates is crap).
if I'm working on a webapp, jsp, jsf, GWT, ... I'm more likely to boot up eclipse, or the eclipse based SpringSource IDE.

In the end, it all depends on which IDE you feel best with.

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If you're searching just for the editor, with no additional environment to your programming language, I would suggest Sublime Text 2 or Notepad++ (no direct support for *nix).
If you do search for a complete IDE, than I suggest trying some IDE's, and settle for what suites you better.

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In these days I code mostly in Python, and use an IDE geared for that language, like Eric or PyScripter.

CodeBlocks isn't too bad for generic C or C++ code.

I am still looking for an IDE for Jython. NetBeans was supposed to work, but was ghastly!

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I do like Code::Blocks for more console based apps, but is a right pain to work on anything other (ie GUIs etc).

And the python is normally done in their default IDE or gEdit, so not very sophisticated aha

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Portable Python (aka. Flashcard Python or Python on a stick) comes with PyScripter and that IDE is a pleasure to code with. Python is a great language to solve scientific problems.

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