how do get started in java
I posted this topic a while ago, but I can't find it anymore, so I'll ask again. I've downloaded the lates version of Java for mac (se6) and it's sitting on my hard drive, but I don't know what to do next to get going. I bought the dummies series of books to start out with Java, and it comes with an IDE (j creator light). I haven't loaded it yet into the machine, because I dont' know what else I need (if anything) to start programming/learning. Can anyone out there tell me what else I need to do?
Firstly - You don't need anything else, however as you become more proficient a better IDE (Eclipse or Netbeans) would be recommended.
You can write java code using a simple plain text editor.
And then you can compile and run the code from OSX's terminal, which is basically what j creator will do for you behind the scenes.
Need more explanation
Okay -- I'm not sure I said enough in my other posts. I was learning java on my old pc, so I'm very very new to mac. I'll start using text editor to write the programs, but how do I use terminal to run the programs? I have it on my machine, but all I get is a window. while I'm here, can anyone tell me how to open xcode? I know it's on my disc, and I thought I downloaded the right one (I think it was the package) but I get nothing.
In the terminal there are two main commands for java, these are
java and javac
javac runs the java compiler
java executes a java program
so some examples
javac MyProgram.java (will compile MyProgram.java in the current directory)
java MyProgram (will execute MyProgram)
Java programming on Mac OS X
Here is a great article about java programming on mac. There is a whole section about development on mac - unix navigation, environment variables, eclipse/tomcat/maven installation etc
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