I'm just curious why someone would create an IDE themselves when there are hundreds of free ones available on the net?
So you can improve. Think of it like this, there's thousands of different car types out there, so why in the world do they keep making more? Well the anwser is simple, because with each make it becomes better. In other words, my IDE may be simple for now, but it'll slowly grow better if I can stick with it.
So far it's also been a fun project, as I've gotten much better with parsing text.
Just think of it this way. If 5 years ago, or whenever, the creators of the netbeans ide created a poll on this forum asking if we wanted a new Java IDE, and everyone anwsered "don't re-invent the wheel", then would we have netbeans today?
So that's why.
And why don't you code it in Java?
Well, since I'm just learning Java I figure it'd be best to program my IDE in another language I'm already familiar with (PureBasic in this case). I don't want to get into complicated stuff like this with Java until I'm more experienced, so PB serves as the best tool for the project. Eventually I would like to port to Java once it's finished so it'll run on all platforms.
Thanks for your questions.