Open Source Programmer’s EditorBy Blane Warrene
I recently received an email recommending I take a look at JEdit based on my coverage and recent commentary on open source at SitePoint. What a great tip that was!
I downloaded JEdit for my production machine (OS X notebook) and was pleasantly suprised with several features. I work on projects involving html/xhtml, Java, PHP and XML among others, and the syntax support is excellent (supports 90 file types). I have been hooked on BBEdit for years, however, JEdit may just knock that to the side.
Some features that jumped right out at me:
*Support for executing JavaDoc while in the JEdit interface and continuing to work on source code
*Ability to create Jar files within JEdit and also compile source files and packages
*XML plug-ins for validating xml against DTD’s and transforming xml files via XSLT
*Ability to connect and query SQL servers within the JEdit interface
*The ability to browse and edit files via FTP on a remote server
Built on Java 2, the editor works on Linux and variants, OS X and Windows. It utilizes the Java 1.4 platform and for those daredevils already running the Java 1.5 beta, it supports you too!