JCreator

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JCreator
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Developer(s) Xinox Software
Stable release 5.00.017 (August 4, 2012) [±]
Preview release None [±]
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Java IDE
License JCreator LE -- $35
JCreator Pro -- $89 Shareware
Proprietary
Website http://jcreator.com/

JCreator is a Java IDE created by Xinox Software. Its interface is similar to that of Microsoft's Visual Studio. Because it is programmed entirely in C++, (except the first version (0.1), which was Java-based [1] ), Xinox Software has asserted that JCreator is faster than competing Java-based Java IDEs.

JCreator has three editions:

  • Lite Edition (LE): shareware that costs $35 after a 30-day trial.[2]
  • Pro Edition (Pro): shareware that costs $89 after a 30-day trial.
  • Lite-Pro Edition (LE-PRO)

JCreator is only available on the Windows operating system. However, both the LE and Pro versions of JCreator run adequately on Linux (using Wine). So far no Linux versions are planned for immediate release, but new components will be built for cross-compatibility in mind.[3]

The feature set of the Pro version is comparable to that of other language aware IDEs with respect to project management and editing features, but lacks advanced features, such as automated refactoring, support for common frameworks etc., which can be found in the dominant Java IDEs such as Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA. The free LE version further lacks some features, such as code completion, that are included with other free IDEs. Unlike the dominant Java IDEs today, JCreator also lacks the level of extensibility through third-party plugins that is common in popular Java IDEs.

Disadvantages[edit]

  • Only available for the Windows operating system, although Wine can be used to run JCreator on Unix systems[4]
  • When using the JDK Help feature, the default browser settings may not be honored when opening an external browser for the JDK documentation.
  • No option for temporary highlighting of files.
  • XML highlighting disables itself with really long lines.
  • Custom icons can only be made from 16 colors
    • There is a workaround by saving the bitmap that stores the custom icons (UserImages.bmp) in a 24-bit format.
  • The printer settings used for printouts are unreliable.[5]

Features[edit]

  • Custom color schemes
  • Wrapping around of your existing projects
  • Different JDK profiles can be used
  • Quick code writing via project templates
  • Easy project viewing with the class browser
  • Debugging with an easy, intuitive interface. No command-line prompts necessary
  • Wizards help you cut to the chase writing your project, quickly and easily
  • Automatic Classpath configuration
  • UI customization (similar to Microsoft Visual Studio)
  • The run-time environment can run your application as an applet, in a JUnit environment or in a command-line window
  • JCreator's IDE does not require a Java Runtime Environment to execute, which may make it faster than Java-based IDE's.
  • Robot packages can be uploaded, also by using inheritance the users can create new variables, objects and classes as well as methods.

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Pro vs LE[edit]

Some of the features missing from the freeware edition (Version 3) include:

Support Issues[edit]

During 2013, the developer of JCreator stopped responding to support calls, the license registration server became unavailable and the community forum board was shut down.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wendel de Witte. "JCreator — Java IDE". Jcreator.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  2. ^ Wendel de Witte. "JCreator — Java IDE". Jcreator.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ By setting the Windows version in Wine to WINDOWS NT in winecfg, the Pro edition will load.
  5. ^ http://www1.bellevuepublicschools.org/curriculum/shirck/JavaWeb_1/student_resources/JCreator%20Setup%20Shirck.doc
  6. ^ http://jcreator.com/i/scr_checkoutw.gif

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