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Martins Odinukwe

Joined: Nov 06, 2005
Posts: 1
Hi guys,
Sorry I got to do this. I just recently got really interseted in Programming and apparently Java programming. But, my major problemis that I just dont know what the different packages do. Like what Netbeans is for, the difference between J2SE and J2EE. And I get a java webstart when i loaded the j2se. I know it really sound funny but I am really interested. Dont know if there is a good guy out there who can get me through. I really need to clear a lot of things up.
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Welcome to JavaRanch!

Sun's Java Tutorial would be a great reference for you.

To answer a couple of your questions directly...

NetBeans is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment), which is a tool to assist developers. If you're new to learning Java, you do not need an IDE. In fact, you are probably better off without an IDE until you learn the basics.

J2SE stands for Java 2 Standard Edition, which includes the "core" Java packages. J2EE is the Enterprise Edition, which has expanded capabilities for things like server-side programming. There is also a Micro Edition, for devices like cell phones. As a beginner, you only need to focus on J2SE.

Java Web Start is a technology for deploying completed Java applications over a network. It's included with J2SE 5.0 (and OS X on Macs), but it's nothing that you will need to be concerned with as a beginner.

Have you written a "Hello World" program yet? (This will get you started and verify that Java is installed correctly. See the tutorial link above for details.)
[ November 11, 2005: Message edited by: marc weber ]

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kwame Iwegbue
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Joined: Sep 02, 2000
Posts: 197
Sun's Java Tutorial would be a great reference for you

An easier way to start would be to use a nice textbook like "Head First Java" By Bates and Sierra. I've read it and a couple other books, but this one is excellent for a beginner!

And like marc said, try to stay clear of IDE's like NetBeans, ecclipse etc- b'cos instead of learning java, you'll send all your time learning the IDE!!

Who dares, wins! (SAS motto)
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