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    Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    As a Computer Science major at college naturally I have to write a few programs in Java. In Windows I use Textpad, which while lite can manage multiple files at once and compile/run Java out of the box (assuming the Java SDK is installed) with syntax highlighting. I'm looking for something similarly simplistic in Linux: I've taken a quick peek at Eclipse, which looks overly complex. Any suggestions for a simple Java editor along the lines of Textpad?
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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    i quite like kate. gives you a nice overview of all your classes and allows quick changing between them.

    it has a terminal down the bottom so compiling and running is simple enough.

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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    The native text editor for ubuntu is gedit (kate requires the KDE libs). Gedit has tabs and syntax highlighting, but you will need to open a separate terminal window to compile.
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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    jEdit has great Java support, with tons of Java-related plugins available through the built-in plugin manager. Adding the JCompiler plugin will complete the package.
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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    SciTE is really nice for gnome... if you are in KDE then Kate >> all
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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    leafpad is lighter than gedit.

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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    I haven't tried programming java with it, but I have use bluefish in the past for some simple web development and found it to be pretty nice.
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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    You should definitely look at BlueJ - http://www.bluej.org. It's an editor with class diagram and debugger built in. It was written for teaching java at universities. I heartily recommend it.

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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    Thanks for all the replies. I tried out Eclipse, jEdit, and Kate this weekend, and after playing around I decided I do like Eclipse the most in fact
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    Re: Simplest Java editor (for compiling/running Java programs)

    Yep, eclipse is awesome!

    Anyone know if eclipse can be used with gcc/g++ ?

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