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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please

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    Programming for Dummies. Need help please
    Hi All, I just got Programming with Java for Dummies and in the book he mentions to start programming I need the following 3 downloads:

    Mac Java Compiler: I have downloaded Text Wrangler
    Java API Documentation: I really cannot find this anywhere
    Jcreator: I believe this is only available for windows

    Would any one be able to link me to your recommended items for the above for Mac. I am finding it really difficult to navigate my way around the Oracle Website for the above.

    Many thanks for any help
    Russell

    Edit: I have decided to use windows 7 for this.

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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please
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    TextWrangler is not a Java compiler - it's an editor. To get the Java Development Kit (compiler), go here and download the JDK. The Java 7 docs are here. Yes, JCreator is Windows only but any editor/IDE will do. Some to consider: Eclipse, NetBeans, TextWrangler and TextMate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Moved to a more appropriate forum.

    TextWrangler is not a Java compiler - it's an editor. To get the Java Development Kit (compiler), go here and download the JDK. The Java 7 docs are here. Yes, JCreator is Windows only but any editor/IDE will do. Some to consider: Eclipse, NetBeans, TextWrangler and TextMate.
    Thanks vansmith, I downloaded the JDK - However there does not seem to be any application for this in my Apps folder once I installed it, would I not need to launch this as an app once installed?

    Also the for the Java 7 docs there is a very long list of a few hundred or so... which would be the one to download?

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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please

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    J2SE Or API Documentation
    Hi - I am trying to download the API Documentation but the list is huge: Java Platform SE 7

    The book says look for J2SE or API Documentation and download it however nothing on the website is called this. Can any one tell me what to download please?

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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please
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    You want to go to Java Platform Standard Edition 7 Documentation and then click on JDK 7 Documentation on the left which will take you to a page where you can download the API Documentation..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    You want to go to Java Platform Standard Edition 7 Documentation and then click on JDK 7 Documentation on the left which will take you to a page where you can download the API Documentation..
    Thanks you a rockstar

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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussellDriver View Post
    Thanks vansmith, I downloaded the JDK - However there does not seem to be any application for this in my Apps folder once I installed it, would I not need to launch this as an app once installed?
    No, Java is not an application in the same way that Firefox is for example. It is a series of binaries that you have to execute from the command line. Check your book - it should explain this in there somewhere.
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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please
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    You can check out Eclipse and NetBeans, two full featured IDEs that will help you with your Java programming.

    Once you've installed the IDE of your choice and installed the JDK, point the IDE to the JDK and from then on you can write your code in the IDE and compile it with the Java compiler directly from the IDE itself and execute and debug and all that happy jazz..
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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    You can check out Eclipse and NetBeans, two full featured IDEs that will help you with your Java programming.
    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Some to consider: Eclipse, NetBeans, TextWrangler and TextMate.
    A little slow to the punch my good man.
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    You didn't provide links!
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    Programming for Dummies.  Need help please
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    Now you're just being pedantic.
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