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Offline Neddy

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« Posted 2004-02-20 09:23:07 »


i know alot of ppl ask for what shte best IDE and all, but the reason im asking this is because i need one that meets some fairly specific standards, that all my windows one's fail. So here what im looking for;

  • Works With Mac OS X (10.1)
  • A lighter IDE, i use Gel on pc, and so prefferebley im looking for something simliar, just highlighting, in build compilation, and class browser is pretty much it.
  • Free
  • Works with Java 1.4.1 under Mac (JEdit fails this)
  • Doesnt Need the terminal to install it.

So there you go. The reason for this is because at home i use a pc, but i need a better IDE for at school in my Software classes, currently they use Project Builder, which is the worst IDE for java i have ever used, being so bad, it is unusable. The reason for the no terminal is because the terminal is not availible to us, obviously the school thinks that where going to hack the main frame or something if we got access to it, so it needs to be a desktop installer.

Oh, one other thing, how does one go about using a .dmg file in Mac OS X?

Double click the dmg disk image file.

Well with the school macs, a double click on a .dmg file will result in the unkown file type, choose application to open it with, dialog. How would i fix this?

Thanx alot.
Offline swpalmer

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2004-02-20 21:58:29 »

XCode is included with Mac OS X 10.3 (for 'free') and it will do Java apps.  OS X 10.1 is rather outdated - if possible get Panther, it rules.

I have no problems with jEdit on OS X so I'm not sure why you said it fails.  Maybe it is because you are running 10.1?

Eclipse is good but does not fit your requirements because it is damn huge! (80MB+) not a "lighter" IDE.

I would go with jEdit if possible.

A .dmg file should "just work".  Again the issue is probably the old version of OS X you are running.  What tool is used to mount disk images in 10.1?  The 10.2 tool was DiskCopy I think.  In 10.3 it is DiskUtility.

I strongly recommend an OS upgrade.

Offline Neddy

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Java games rock!....Big Time?

« Reply #2 - Posted 2004-02-21 22:19:37 »

Thanx for replying.

well like i said, its at school, and while its easily got the money to go for an OS upgrade, all the IT ppl are lazy, so its not gonna happen.

I think ill give JEdit a try again, but with the latest development release this time, because the compatability page used to say that JEdit didnt work with java 1.4.1 very well on Mac, but now it doesnt and instead suggest to use the latest development relase.

Still if any1 else knows any toher IDE's, please give a shout.
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Offline swpalmer

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2004-02-22 00:47:42 »

Oh yes, I should mention that I am running the latest development release of jEdit.

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