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API for Java SE Development Kit 6u17?

Sterling Crapser
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Hi,
I'm learning Java with Head First 2nd Edition. In the book it mentions needing the API documentation but I don't see any reference to it (I'm sure it's there somewhere). I already downloaded the JDK6(SE) and understand Java 5 is EOL'd. Does someone know where to find the API? I don't want to install anything more than necessary and to be honest, the Sun site has way too many paths to their downloads. It gets confusing instantly.

Thanks much.
W. Joe Smith
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Java 6 API. Learn to love it, as it can be your best friend. Also, it will make you want to repeatedly slam your face into your desk.

Personal experience .


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Sterling Crapser
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Thanks...now how do I download it as a package or do I need to download each link separately?
W. Joe Smith
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You mean you want to save a copy of the documentation on your computer? I just use the online version.

Or am I on the wrong track as to what you are asking?
Sterling Crapser
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The book says to download the API as using it online is a pain...so I'm taking that to be true and trying to download the API but Sun's website is not intuitive at all! Sorry I just get frustrated when something so obvious is completely missing from the source (Sun). I searched for other threads where people are asking the same question and they all lead to the same dead end. This is unbelievable!
W. Joe Smith
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I THINK what you want is here. Scroll down to Additional Resources, then Java SE 6 Documentation.

I could be wrong, though, but I think that should have what you want.
David Newton
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There's a link to download the documentation on the Java 6 downloads page, not sure what else you could want.

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
Sterling Crapser
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Thanks everyone...I got it finally. I used Google and simply asked the question "download jdk6 api". The problem is Sun does not tell you the API is included in the documentation bundle until you get to the point where you will be downloading it. You would think they would post a note for anyone wishing to download the API on the API web page. I've been programming for 15 years and know full well that logic and programming do not go together...ever. Software development is the most disorganized field of work I have ever engaged in (but it pays well!).
 
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