DrJava is a lightweight application that provides an intuitive programming environment, which assists students in creating their own Java applications.
It has been designed to be a great tool that allows beginners to focus on the development process, rather than learning how the application works. That being said, it also comes stacked with a set of features that are designed for more advanced users.
Key features include:
- Fully customizable interface.
- Built-in Eclipse compiler.
- Source level debugger.
- Advanced search and navigation tools.
- Bookmark manager.
DrJava's interface is intuitive, and provides users with an easy access to all available tools. Users can write, test and debug code interactively using the the source code editor. The application features syntax coloring and brace matching, automatic indentation, comment insertion, line numbering, syntax highlighting, auto-completion and clipboard history support. All of these characteristics have been designed to simplify work, understand the document structure and identify errors.
Overall, DrJava is a lightweight Java IDE that doesn't leave a massive footprint. It combines powerful development tools with ease of use, and provides a simple environment for learning introductory programming.