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Jon Heckman
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Hi, I am trying to set up java but I can't seem to find the right files. I saw a couple posts about this but the links they sent still gave several options and not entirely sure. It tells me to download Java 2 Standard Edition SDK
Red Smith
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Originally posted by Jon Heckman:
Hi, I am trying to set up java but I can't seem to find the right files. I saw a couple posts about this but the links they sent still gave several options and not entirely sure. It tells me to download Java 2 Standard Edition SDK


You can get it here:

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

"JDK 6 Update 2 >>[Download]
The Java SE Development Kit (JDK) includes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and command-line development tools that are useful for developing applets and applications."
Jon Heckman
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thanks
marc weber
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Be sure to carefully follow the installation instructions -- especially with respect to setting the PATH.


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Jon Heckman
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I tried figuring that out but couldent. But as I went through the book I was getting a bit frustrated of its lack of what am I actualy to do and instructions. I decided to get a different book from a place that I have gotten several good books from before. "Sams Teach Yourself Java 6 in 21 days"
marc weber
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Unfortunately, the initial set-up is often a hurdle for beginners. It really frustrated me when I was starting! Some books go into greater depth on this than others, but because it's specific to the operating system, this can be a difficult aspect to cover.

If you tell us what operating system you're running and where you're stuck, I'm sure we can help you get things working.

When I was first learning Java, I used an older edition of Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days book to supplement Eckel's Thinking in Java. The Sams book was good in some respects, but overall I found it quite lacking (maybe the new editions are better?). I really wish that Head First Java had been available then.

So I understand your frustration. But I think you already have an exceptional book, and this forum can help you with the set up.
Jon Heckman
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I am not sure if it has changed or not but it is version 5 right now. I have alwayse been happy with Sams Teach Yourself so maybe they have changed or something. But so far I haven't had any problems with the install on this on yet.
Jon Heckman
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sry for the double post, don't know if you have rules against that or not. Anyways, what do you mean lacking. Is it information or how easy it is to understand. If it is information can you recommend a book for after I finish this one.
marc weber
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Originally posted by Jon Heckman:
... what do you mean lacking. Is it information or how easy it is to understand...

I think the Sams Teach Yourself edition I used covered 1.2, so maybe the newer editions are different. In my opinion, the information it contained was very well presented and easy to understand. However, it was a very topical approach -- more of a brief summary of some high points. It left a lot of gaps and didn't really go deep enough for practical use, even at a beginner level.
[ August 12, 2007: Message edited by: marc weber ]
 
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