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Where do I Begin?

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I am running Vista 32-bit on an HP laptop and want to learn how to program in Java. What do I need to download to start? Java SE? JDK? Please help.
  • 1. Re: Where do I Begin?
    morgalr Explorer
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    You will need:

    Java JDK current version is 7: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
    Java documentation -- usually available on the same download page as the JDK or online: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/
    an IDE is greatly recommended -- I prefer NetBeans at netbeans.org
    The Java tutorial is online: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/java/generics/index.html

    Do the Tutorial, then supplement what you want to know more about with book purchases.
  • 2. Re: Where do I Begin?
    rp0428 Guru
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    Welcome to the forum!
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    I am running Vista 32-bit on an HP laptop and want to learn how to program in Java. What do I need to download to start? Java SE? JDK? Please help.
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    Download the JDK with NetBeans. That will give you a GUI that includes a debugger and other utilities.
    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

    Then start working your way through the Java Tutorial. Start with the basics and actually work the examples.
    http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/

    You'll learn faster and better by doing and not just reading.
  • 3. Re: Where do I Begin?
    aksarben Journeyer
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    To prevent you from getting the impression that NetBeans is the favorite IDE of all developers: It isn't. I've used Eclipse for years and highly recommend it. It has a huge user community and wide acceptance. I think (though I haven't seen hard data) that it is the most used Java IDE.
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    gimbal2 Guru
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    aksarben wrote:
    To prevent you from getting the impression that NetBeans is the favorite IDE of all developers: It isn't. I've used Eclipse for years and highly recommend it. It has a huge user community and wide acceptance. I think (though I haven't seen hard data) that it is the most used Java IDE.
    When talking about Eclipse 3.7 I certainly agree. Eclipse 4 is okay when you put the look & feel back to classic, but many people I know who use it have performance problems with it, including myself.

    Netbeans is however a little more "contained" than Eclipse because it is more aimed at having features built in, in stead of through plugins which in case of Eclipse are often delivered by third parties. As such for people new to Java or programming in general, I see it as a more friendly starting point.
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    morgalr Explorer
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    gimbal2 wrote:
    Netbeans is however a little more "contained" than Eclipse because it is more aimed at having features built in, in stead of through plugins which in case of Eclipse are often delivered by third parties. As such for people new to Java or programming in general, I see it as a more friendly starting point.
    Agreed: I have taught many new developers the basics of Java, and in all cases NetBeans has been the IDE of choice for the newbies. After they get their sea legs going, then they can pick and choose what they like, but to start off with: an out of the box running IDE that is almost transparent to learn and use is NetBeans.
  • 6. Re: Where do I Begin?
    968909 Newbie
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    I enrolled in Introduction to Java this semester and the instructor had us download JCreator with JDK7. It expires after 30days and you have to buy a license.
    I now use Eclipse and love it!

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