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Which Java do I download?

 
Rose Grissinger
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Hi all!

I'm a newbie who just purchased Head First Java by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates. Unfortunately, I'm stuck on the setting up Java page. I have tried clicking around and searching the java.sun.com site, but am still at a loss as to what exactly to download (way too many choices). For example, I can go to http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/?intcmp=1281, but then I have choices of:

Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 10
Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6 Update 10
JDK 6 Update 10 with Java EE
JDK 6 Update 10 with NetBeans 6.1
etc.

Also, is the "Java SE 6 Documentation" download the same as the API documentation?

Can someone help me out?

Thanks!!!
Rose
 
marc weber
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

You want Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6 Update 10. (Be sure to follow the installation instructions, especially the part about updating the PATH variable.)

The "Java SE 6 Documentation" should contain the API documentation (along with some other stuff).
[ October 23, 2008: Message edited by: marc weber ]
 
Campbell Ritchie
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Originally posted by Rose Grissinger:
Also, is the "Java SE 6 Documentation" download the same as the API documentation?


As far as I can remember, yes it is, but you can use it offline. It may have more in than the API, but everything is available online.
 
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The API is part of the documentation, not all of it. The docs can be found online, or downloaded to you box for offline use.
 
Tomendra Singh
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if you are studying head first java then you should download jdk1.5 with update 16,because head first java is written on the features of jdk1.5.
 
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I disagree. Downloading the latest JVM will be better. It has more bug fixes, more security fixes, and code written for earlier versions of Java will compile and run without problems. Worst case you get a few deprecation messages, but that's it, and you can choose to ignore those.
 
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Thanks a lot!! I just bought the Head First Java 2nd too and I was confused about what version should I have downloaded.

The authors should clarify what version to download on the book website.
 
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