jEdit programmers' text editor and magic decoder ring

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No matter what you do in life, everything always goes easier if you've got the right tools. If you're a carpenter, you need a hammer and a saw. An auto mechanic? You need your wrenches and screwdrivers. Sure, you could drive a nail with a rock or use a pair of pliers to loosen a bolt, but that makes your life harder than it needs to be. The same can be said for those who write computer code for a living.

While you could use a plain-vanilla text editor like Notepad, TextEdit, or emacs, in some ways that's like driving a nail with a rock—it gets the job done, but you may bang your fingers up in the process. A programmers text editor like jEdit has many of the features you'll need on your next project.

In addition to letting you enter plain-old text, it supports doing the things that programmers need to do: syntax highlighting (over 130 file types), unlimited clipboards, folding (to hide and reveal chunks of code), search and replace for literals and regular expressions, and more.

jEdit is written in Java, so it should run on just about any system that supports that technology, including Windows, Mac, and various flavors of *NIX. It's available for free under the GPL.

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