For some configurations and extensions you need administrative rights. To get them just call the context menu of the Java-Editor link on your desktop with a right mouse click and select execute as administrator.
With the Check button you check the existence of all configured folders and files. If a folder or file doesn't exist the corresponding edit field is colored red.
The Dump button exports the whole configuration in a text file. The first lines show which registry entries or ini files are used for configuration. The detailed information can be used to detect configuration problems or to make global presettings in a classroom situation.
Save an edited configuration. Almost all changed configurations are in use then. Only some special things need a Java-Editor restart.
The configuration settings in the Java section are protected. They can only be changed with administrative rights. If you installed the Java-Editor with use of the windows registry the settings are stored in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM) hive, else in the ini file JEMachine.INI.
The other configuration settings are stored for each user separately, in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) hive or the ini file JEUser.ini.
First select the folder with the Java Development Kit (JDK). This folder is used for all depending java tools.
The Classpath-Admin is usually protected.
With Classpath-User you can expand the classpath with jar-files or folders.
The Java-Editor writes a batch file RunJava.bat to start a java program. The button opens the last RunJava.bat file. So you can inspect and modify easily this file in case of unexpected problems. Change @ECHO OFF to @ECHO ON and add more PAUSE commands. Then open with the window menu a new DOS window and start the batch file by input of RunJava.bat. This is an easy way to diagnose problems if a program doesn't start.
Here you configure the paths and parameters for the javac compiler.
Use the Make-Modus if automatically all open java source files shall be compiled which are younger than their corresponding class files.
On this page you configure the handling of applets. The Appletviewer belongs to the JDK. You can use a browser or the appletviewer to run an applet. Usually the appletviewer is better during program development, because it doesn't use a cache. For flexible handling it's suggested to use the option Appletviewer for java-files and Browser for HTML-files. If your active window contains a java file and you start the applet the appletviewer is used. But if your active window contains the HTML-file of the applet the browser is used instead.
By default the disassembler javap.exe from the JDK is used. A better choice is the jad disassembler. Select jad.exe from the disassembler combobox. Then you can install automatically the jad disassembler, provided you have administrative rights (see General aspects).
On this page you configure the jar tool from the JDK. Usually there is no need to change the options Parameter and Manifest. These options are used for all jar commands. But be aware of the options Create and Pack.
The pack operation supports easy exchange of files between pupils and teacher. A packed jar file can easily be uploaded to a learning-platform or emailed to the teacher.
The editor doesn't use tab characters. If a source file contains tab characters they are replaced by the number of space characters you set here. Keyboard input of a tab character is translated to space characters as well.
The indent value is used for indenting automatically generated source code, for example insertion of a control structure or GUI component. By default the value is 2.
Width and height of new Frame, JFrame and Applet windows are set here.
For the default encoding of new source files you have the choice between ANSI, UTF-8 and UTF-16. Search and replace operations are faster if you use the ANSI encoding.
Activate the Code-completion and Parameter-hints. The default delay value to show the code completion window or parameter hints is 75 ms. You can change the font of the code completion window with the Font button.
Code completion and parameter hints are only available if the documentation is installed.
With this page you configure the colors for syntax-highlighting of Java and HTML files as well as structure lines and pairs of brackets.
If you select a syntax element on the left side its current foreground and background color and text attributes are shown. Change them as requested with the left button for the foreground and the right one for the background color. The Default button sets the default colors and text attributes.
Every new java source file has an introductory comment.
Select the comment style:
Write your name in the author field. It is used as value for the %AUTHOR% variable. The %DATE% variable gets its value from the system date of your computer during creation of a new java source file.
There are many different views about the layout of a java program. If you don't like the templates which are used by the Java-Editor you can specify your own templates, otherwise let the template fields empty. To change a template first download this template collection. Edit the desired one, save it in the template folder and select it on this page.
In a template file you use the variables %NAME% as the file and class name, as well as %AUTHOR% and %DATE%. Place the character | at the initial cursor position. The template should contain start and end sections for inserting of attributes, gui components and methods.
You can use a template file for control structures too. As all control templates are in this template file key of the type #while mark the beginning of a new control template
This page shows the shortcuts of the editor and menu-system.
Additionally you can select a text file with shortcut definitions of code templates. In the templates subfolder of your java editor installation folder you find the file JEKeyboard.txt which explains, how to define a shortcut. Use this file for defining your own code templates.
You can use the internet-explorer to show the documentation in internal windows of the Java-Editor. The configured external browser is then only used for running applets. Activate “Use only one browser window” if only one internal browser-window shall be used.
With External browser you can configure a browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera. For the external browser you have to set Browser title and Keys for “Open Address” in browser. If you don't use the internet explorer internally the configured external browser is used to show html files.
The proxy configuration is used for the update function and the http access to the java documentation.
The java manual doesn't belong to the JDK, so you have to install it additionally. The installed java manual gives you easy access to the api documentation. Type the F1 key to get documentation to the text the cursor is on. The documentation is also needed for code completion and parameter hints.
The original http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/ java documentation from Sun] contains more than 300 MB in about 13000 files. You can get the documentation in just one chm file of just 50 MB from http://www.allimant.org/javadoc/index.php. Select chm from the manual combobox, than you can download and install this chm file with the Install button. Using the chm documentation is especially recommended if you use the Java-Editor as portable software from an usb stick.
For direct online access to the java documentation you can use http addresses like http://download.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/index.html. In this case the used documentation files are cached, that means locally saved.
In the JavaDoc-Folders field you can set additionally folders with JavaDoc documentations. These are also used for code completion.
The Tutorial exists as
German users can install a html based java book from http://www.javabuch.de. Mail me if you know an alternative for your language.
The Cache folder is used if you use direct http access to the java documentation.
Search again is used for the search in the original java documentation.
Here you set the print borders, define header and footer line and the using of line numbers.
The header and footer line are partioned in left, middle and right band, which are printed left-justified, centered respectively right-justified. The bands are separated by the # character. You can use the following variables in the header and footer line.
%FILE% the file name %PATH% the file path %DATE% the print date %TIME% the print time %PAGE% the number of the print page %PAGENUMBER% the total number of print pages
You can use a separate template file for your mindstorm programs. In this template you can use the same variables as in other templates.
Select the used port for the infrared transmitter, usually USB, and your mindstorms brick RCX, NXT or EV3.
For mindstorms programming set the Mindstorms-mode. Then
Concepts of embedding Lego Mindstorms into curricular can be found at Learning with Robots.
Select the desired language file from the language subfolder. With the help of a language-file you can change used terms.
To create a new language file make a copy of the file english.ini, name it with your language and select it as new language file. If you open the new language file you see that the lines have the structure name=value. Translate the value parts.
The Translate button supports the creation of a new language file. It compares your file with the english.ini file and marks all lines which are identical in both files. Identical lines are not translated or sometimes should not be translated.
To update a language file use the compare tool from the tools menu and compare the old with the new language file.
This page is for configuring miscellaneous settings.
On this page you configure the layout of classes and objects for the uml window.
To give visual feedback whether a class has an up-to-date class file (valid class) or needs to be compiled (invalid class) use different colors.
Usually a class has a rectangular head and an object a rounded one.
Their are six different possibilities to show the head of an object.
Checkstyle is a development tool to help programmers write Java code that adheres to a coding standard. Look at http://checkstyle.sourceforge.net/ for further information.
You can automatically install the Checkstyle package and a configuration file mycheckstyle.xml. This configuration is not as strict as the configuration file sun_checks.xml from Sun.
Jalopy is a source code beautifier. Checkstyle only checks whether the source code meets the coding standard, whereas Jalopy rewrites the source code according to the desired coding standard.
The homepage of the Jalopy project is at http://jalopy.sourceforge.net/. For the Java-Editor you need the Console-Plugin.
The automatic Jalopy installation also installs a xml file with a coding standard suitable to the Java-Editor. Execute the preferences.bat file if you want to change this standard.
Subversion (SVN) is a version control system. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of source code files. The subversion homepage is at http://subversion.apache.org/. Due to affordable e-mail-registration there is no automatic install process.
After installation the tools menu is expanded with a subversion menu.