Getting Started

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Getting Started

Posted 10 June 2003 - 01:53 PM

I am trying to learn Java. I went to java.sun.com and downloaded the j2sdk 1.4.1. And all I have now is an application that came with 4 java written programs(the draw program, some military game, etc). I cant find a way to actually take a peek at the source code, just run them. I would like to be able to write the code and then test them locally. What else do I need to download, and in what do I wirte the code, and where do I place files on my machine to have them parsed?

Also, I am *decent* at PHP, and from what I have seen the syntax seems similar, I know that PHP is less complex than Java, but will it be a really hard jump?

Thanks!!

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Posted 11 June 2003 - 08:25 PM

I wouldn't bother with Eclipse just yet. If you're just learning Java, you don't want the added complexity of learning an IDE as well, which is what you'll be doing. So just go ahead and do it all in a text editor for now. Two books I would recommend for learning Java are Java How to Program by Deitel and Deitel, and Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel. You can download it for free at one of these sites http://mindview.net/...J/DownloadSites

Here's a set of tutorials to start learning Java:
http://www.javaspot....n=display&cat=1
There are, however, a few mistakes in the second or third article, I believe, because that's an old version. The fixes are here:
http://www.javaspot....sb=5&o=&fpart=1
http://www.javaspot....sb=5&o=&fpart=1
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Posted 11 June 2003 - 09:10 PM

Cool thanks....i got the book and am now looking through the tut.

Once again(and im sorry for being so dense about this), but since ive allready downloaded the sdk, are you saying that I can now use notepad or something like that to create the code? The tut that I was reading said something about using the command line to either type it out or run it I think. If I use notepad to write it and launch it from the command line it shouldnt matter then where the .java files are stored correct?
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