Java Programming.

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by pranavss11, May 26, 2008.

  1. pranavss11 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2007
    San Jose
    I am in my second year of college, doing Software Engineering. I have been using XP for Textpad to program in java, but I am sick and tired of switching from my Dads PC to my mac all the time. Wondering if there are any Java compatible TextEditors similar to textpad.
  2. Mac Player macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2006
  3. lazydog macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2005
    Cramlington, UK
    You can also try Xcode. Not used textpad but had a quick look at the screenshots and it looks like you have the same basic layout in Xcode as in textpad, ie directory view of files on the left, editor in the main panel and so on. In Xcode you can setup a Java project, and add existing files from your project. When you add files you can either add groups for your files, or folder references. If you add folder references then the project tree view will behave like a directory tree view.

    There is also an Organizer view in Xcode. This might work well for you as an alternative to creating an Xcode project. You can add directories to the organizer and then browse and open files in the editor. In this way you're using Xcode simply as an editor.

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  4. sclough macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    I'm assuming you don't want the full blown power of an IDE because Eclipse and Netbeans will both run on the Mac. Both are free and it wouldn't hurt to be familiar with them as you'll be using either one after you graduate.
  5. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    vim and emacs (or, if you like). I have TextMate too, it's nice and pretty, but I find myself spending more time in vim.

    For a full-blown Java IDE, I'd suggest Netbeans. It runs as well on Mac as on any other platform.

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