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  5<p>Here are some of the things jEdit users have said about their favorite
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 12<p>I've used jEdit on an off for a while. Over the last few years I have used (in
 13no particular order) Eclipse, IntelliJ, NetBeans, JBuilder, TogetherJ and emacs
 14for my (mostly Java) development. There are some features I liked about each of
 15these: Netbeans plugins, refactoring in Eclipse and IntelliJ, UML modelling in
 16TogetherJ and customisation and extendibility Netbeans, Eclipse, JBuilder and
 17emacs. However, none of these products had everything that I was looking for.</p>
 19<p>I recently came back to jEdit (I'm using 4.0pre5) and was impressed with how far
 20it has come. The number of plug-ins that I could easily add to jEdit gave me a
 21great set of features just right for what I wanted to do. For example, at the
 22moment, I am writing code that manipulates bytecode directly using BCEL and the
 23Java Insight plugin is invaluable for checking the classfiles.</p>
 25<p>Also, for the first time, I have really explored some of the core features more:
 26I have always kept jEdit handy for its hypersearch capability but I am delighted
 27with the folding feature, the dockability of the plugins and how easy it is to
 28create macros.</p>
 30<p>To sum up the things I like the most about jEdit are: 1. It's faster and smaller
 31that any Java IDE. 2. Its customisation facilities - both macros and plugins -
 32are very easy to use, yet very powerful. 3. There is an excellent set of base
 33features - hypesearch and folding I like in particular. 4. The GUI is logical
 34and polished. 5. There is a significant number very useful plugins that can be
 35easily and seamlessly integrated. And most importantly: The combination of all
 36of these points leads to a product that is greater than the sum of its parts.</p>
 38<p>While it may be lacking some features that I want, the same is true for all
 39other development tools I have used. The main difference, is that none of the
 40other products have such an excellent foundation on which to build. Both for
 41what it can do for me now, and what I am sure it will grow to in the future, I
 42have decided to make jEdit my main development tool.</p>
 53<p>I just wanted to get that word out of the way first, as I have been
 54saying it over and over to myself for the past half hour.
 55Congratulations to Slava and everyone who worked on the jEdit project.
 56You guys have done it. My search for that ELUSIVE editor that feels just
 57right in every way is over.</p>
 59<p>I have been raised on Windows, and I thought I had that "ultimate"
 60editor when I found UltraEdit for windows, and I was and am very happy
 61with it in almost every way. It's easy to use, very intuitive, and had
 62(what I thought at the time) an exhaustive feature set. Then I started
 63toying with GNU Emacs, and saw what was possible in terms of a
 64programmer's editor (indentation, folding, code highlighting, etc).
 65Alas, I could never get used to the key bindings, even with my own fully
 66customized .emacs file. I tried in vain for a year to force my self to
 67get used to Emacs, but my weak 'user-friendly' windows side always got
 68the best of me and I was back in the warm and comforting arms of
 71<p>That was all fine until recently when I started working at Sun, those
 72guys are not really big fans of MS, vi and Emacs looked even more
 73forbidding on a Solaris machine. Then I got your wonderful jEdit
 76<p>Quite simply, your program is the embodiment of the "Principle of Least
 77Surprise." Everything is as I expect it, and just when I thought I had
 78exhausted jEdit's feature set, I discovered your plug-ins architecture;
 79which is, frankly, brilliant. I always wondered why Java was the
 80language of choice in all my University courses. Your plug-ins
 81architecture is a proof of concept showing off the extensibility and
 82power that is possible with the Java 2 architecture.</p>
 84<p>Thank you for writing this elegant and quite frankly breath-taking
 85program. Thank you for sharing it with the everyone. Keep up the
 86outstanding work.</p>
 88<p>Best Regards, Le Wang</p>
 92<p>I just switched from PC to Mac and was searching for some cool tools I could
 93use, as I found your jEdit package. And I'm really impressed. It's really
 94easy to use and you can configure it use you like. Another thing I really
 95like about it is that you can use it on every platform you like. I'm used
 96Linux as my programming platform and for my university related stuff and
 97Windows for playing games. Now it's really easy to program under every
 98platform that has java support. You don't have to go and search binary
 99packages of your editor of choice for all the platforms, you just need to
100get the java installer package and you are ready to go on every platform.
101I'm currently checking all the plugins available. So, keep on going, it's a
102very good tool!</p>
104<p>Nils Crefeld</p>
108<p>I came across JEdit a month or so ago, and I have to say I have not used
109another editor since. This has to be the best editor I've used, and I'm not
110talking about only GPL ones here. With the addition of plug-ins, JEdit is
111one hell of an editor. In fact, I think the name JEdit is a little
112decieving, making it sound as if its a Java IDE (I know its supposed to show
113that its WRITTEN in Java...), but I have used it for everything from Java to
114shell scripts to JSP to property files.</p>
116<p>Now, there are plenty of editor/IDEs out there, free or otherwise, so what
117made me pick JEdit? This may seem like a trivial thing, but as a long time
118emacs user, I was able, in about 5 min, to create emacs-like key bindings,
119and reduce my learning curve drastically.. the ease of assigning keyboard
120shortcuts has to be one of the most inventive and useful aspects of this
123<p>Keep up the great work!</p>
126Dave Johnson</p>
130<p>I just wanted to let you know that I recently downloaded jedit 3.1 and I
131have to say.. it's come a long, long way since the last time I tried it out.
132(Over a year ago, maybe longer.)</p>
134<p>I've been using Homesite and Textpad 4 for my PHP development, but I've
135completely switched to jedit and haven't looked back.  I even have a
136co-worker switched it looks like.   I have to say.. I've never seen such a
137complete, well written and near bug free java application before in my life.</p>
139<p>And the best feature of all... jedit is the *only* editor that has syntax
140highlighting for inline scripting done correctly.</p>
142<p>Thanks for jedit!</p>
144<p>Daniel Beckham</p>
148<p>Just thought I'd drop you a note to say thanks for jEdit.  I started using
149it a few months ago when I changed jobs.  My current employer thinks
150"Windows Notepad" has all the editing functions one could ask for -- yes,
151it's Dibertville (*SIGH*).</p>
153<p>Anyway, without a budget, I couldn't get any of my favorite commercial
154editors, and I'll be darned if I'm going to write enterprise java apps in
155notepad!  So, after browsing around a bit I found jEdit.  I started it with
156limited hopes, but was impressed with the look. I added some plug-ins, and
157it got even better.  I started customizing the environment, and was
158impressed with how customizable it is - wow!  Anyway, it works better than
159most of the expensive custom editors I've used.  Rather than spanning two
160worlds, I've dropped my CodeWarrior and SemWare editors and use jEdit at
161home, too.</p>
163<p>Thanks for taking the time to write this program, and make it available to
164the rest of us. I'm very impressed with how fast this operates - Java is a
165wonderful language, but I've often had problems with the gui apps being a
166bit sluggish . . . jEdit zips along quite nicely!  Anyway, thanks again, I
167owe you a favor!!!</p>
169<p>All the best,<br>
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