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installed jdk ... but how do I open it to use it?

850580
850580 Member Posts: 7
hello;

I'm new to java.

I downloaded jdk ( winXP ) ... I expected that it would be an authoring environment, like Flash ... but i can't find anyway to open it.

thanks,
Shannon

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  • 796440
    796440 Member Posts: 19,179 Gold Trophy
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    847577 wrote:
    I expected that it would be an authoring environment, like Flash
    If you're going to do any amount of programming, you'll need to learn to check your assumptions.

    http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/getStarted/cupojava/index.html

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  • 796440
    796440 Member Posts: 19,179 Gold Trophy
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    847577 wrote:
    I expected that it would be an authoring environment, like Flash
    If you're going to do any amount of programming, you'll need to learn to check your assumptions.

    http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/getStarted/cupojava/index.html
  • 850580
    850580 Member Posts: 7
    I guess the usage of the phrase 'development Kit' led me to the assumption ...

    I am beginning to believe that jdk should be called jbc ==> java background compiler, as in it runs on your OS in the background and then smartly c*ompiles text written in a text editor whenever I snap my fingers 3 times ... am I correct:)
  • 793415
    793415 Member Posts: 7,279 Bronze Badge
    847577 wrote:
    ..I downloaded jdk ( winXP ) ... I expected that it would be an authoring environment, ..
    I guess the closest equivalent in Java programming would be an IDE, most of which are good, powerful & free.

    OTOH it is generally a good idea for newbies to get used to using the JDK tools from the command line, and just use a 'simple' editor (such as TextPad - which provides compile and run from keyboard shortcuts and syntax highlighting, but little more) until they are comfortable with what the JDK tools do, and how they work.

    If newbies come to rely on their IDE, the first time that something goes wrong, they will be completely lost.
  • 793415
    793415 Member Posts: 7,279 Bronze Badge
    847577 wrote:
    ..I am beginning to believe that jdk should be called jbc ==> java background compiler, as in it runs on your OS in the background and then smartly c*ompiles text written in a text editor whenever I snap my fingers 3 times ... am I correct:)
    No. But wait, let me reconsi.. No.
  • 796440
    796440 Member Posts: 19,179 Gold Trophy
    847577 wrote:
    I guess the usage of the phrase 'development Kit' led me to the assumption ...

    I am beginning to believe that jdk should be called jbc ==> java background compiler, as in it runs on your OS in the background and then smartly c*ompiles text written in a text editor whenever I snap my fingers 3 times ... am I correct:)
    Nope. JDK is the correct term. It's more than just a compiler. And it gets run in the foreground quite a lot.
  • EJP
    EJP Member Posts: 32,920 Gold Crown
    I am beginning to believe that jdk should be called jbc ==> java background compiler, as in it runs on your OS in the background and then smartly c*ompiles text written in a text editor whenever I snap my fingers 3 times ... am I correct:)
    No, you are dead wrong. That is what would happen if you installed an IDE which appears to be what you are looking for. By itself the JDK is just a collection of tools and documentation with no 'background' aspect whatsoever
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