Beginning Java/Machine Setup

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Before you begin to make Java programs, you must first set your system up, this chapter will teach you how to install the necessary program.

IDE[edit]

An IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is a program that provides a streamlined way to make programs. There are a few advantages to using an IDE to make programs. The two that are of most concern to the beginner are:

  • Easier to use - There is no need to worry about things like environment variables, just install and you can run right away. And when you start programming, to run the programs simply click a button rather than typing in command prompt.
  • Automatic error checking - as you program, if you make an error then the program will underline any errors you make, such as making a typo.

The following sections will take you through the installation of the two most popular IDEs. Both are free to download and use and either are a fine choice to use.

Netbeans[edit]

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Add netbeans install instructions

Eclipse[edit]

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