jEdit is a powerful editor for programming and we can get more useful making some adjustments in its configuration.
jEdit, best the last version
JEdit version included in most distros are usually very obsolete, so I recommend you uninstall this version, download the latest one from its official web and install this one.
To uninstall it in debian/ubuntu and install the downloaded version type these commands:
apt-get install remove
sudo dpkg -i jedit_X.Y.Z_all.deb
Add the plug-ins you'll need
Add a close repository with these menu options:
Plugins ► Plugin manager ► Download options ► Update Mirror List
I add these plug-ins:
- JDiffPlugins : Compare differences between two files.
- FTP: open and save local files or files in a FTP or secure server, you can use asimetric passwords.
- PHPParser: Colourize your code using the syntax of your programming language, php in this case.
Configurations that make your life easier
Access to configurations with these menu options:
Utilities ► Global options
These are my recommendations:
|jEdit ► Appearance ► Show splash screen on Startup||save time in startup.|
|jEdit ► Editing ► Tab width||Tap step, I use 4 characters.|
|jEdit ► Editing ► Indent width||Indent step, I use 4 characters.|
|jEdit ► Editing ► Soft (emulated with spaces) tabs||Convert tab into spaces. So your code will be equal in any editor.|
|jEdit ► Saving and Backup ► Two stage save||Turn it off to avoid change permission and owner of files when you save changes.|
|jEdit ► Saving and Backup ► Backup directory||All backup files in a separate directory.|
|jEdit ► View ► Always show search bar||Very useful to quick search anything.|