Great to finally be able to join the java world.I have lots of questions but all just the basics so I beg that you be understanding as you read through(coz to the experienced,it might be total trash)
How do I start up my compiler using "cmd prompt" and how do I get to test my applet?
Please help me out as am totally new to this environment.Every book I've read seems to be omitting this part and suggesting other compilers.
Hi and welcome.
For basic questions post to the [New to Java Forum|http://forums.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=54].
The getting started links:
[Sun's basic Java tutorial|http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/]
[Sun's New To Java Center|http://java.sun.com/learning/new2java/index.html]
Includes an overview of what Java is, instructions for setting up Java, an intro to programming (that includes links to the above tutorial or to parts of it), quizzes, a list of resources, and info on certification and courses. jGuru
A general Java resource site. Includes FAQs, forums, courses, more. JavaRanch
To quote the tagline on their homepage: "a friendly place for Java greenhorns." FAQs, forums (moderated, I believe), sample code, all kinds of goodies for newbies. From what I've heard, they live up to the "friendly" claim.
[The Java Developers Almanac|http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0201752808?v=glance]
Joshua Bloch's [Effective Java|http://www.amazon.com/Effective-Java-2nd-Joshua-Bloch/dp/0321356683]
Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra's [Head First Java|http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596004656?v=glance]
James Gosling's [The Java Programming Language|http://www.amazon.com/Java-TM-Programming-Language-4th/dp/0321349806/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247059012&sr=1-1]
Gosling is the creator of Java. It doesn't get much more authoritative than this.
Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter [Java Puzzlers.|http://www.javapuzzlers.com/]