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Jayanthi Manikandan
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Hi,
What is the best software to start learning Java and any suggestions for a good book as well?
Jayanthi.
 
Pavel Kubal
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Welcome on Javaranch!

Sun JDK 5.0
text editor (notepad etc.)
and console

Head First Java is said to be most popular book for java beginners

Good luck and a lot of fun with Java! :-)
[ September 12, 2006: Message edited by: Pavel Kubal ]
 
Chris Marting
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I started with Eclipse but if all you want is a simple hello world program then a text editor is probably the best choice.
 
marc weber
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

What operating system are you using?

Sun's Getting Started tutorial covers the basics for different platforms.

In general, I recommend not using an IDE (Integrated Development Environment, like NetBeans or Eclipse). Instead, work with a simple text editor and the command line.
 
Abhijeet Thacker
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Hi Jayanthi,

I would prefer not to use any IDE for starting. Start writing your code in simeple text editor like notepad or ultra edit. For the books Head first with Java is the most popular book for the startup.
 
Jayanthi Manikandan
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Hello all,
Thanks for all the responses. I am using Windows. If we learn Java using a notepad - will it be useful when getting a job?
Is the 'Eclipse' software freely downloadable? Any websites for it?
Thanks again,
Jayanthi.
 
marc weber
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The arguments against using an IDE at first are basically that IDEs can "hide" important details from beginners, and IDEs have their own learning curve that can be frustrating when learning the language at the same time. Once you have a feel for the language and how things are "supposed" to work together, then learning to use an IDE is much easier.

Yes, Eclipse is free from Eclipse.org. (And NetBeans is free from NetBeans.org.)
 
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