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I could use some help. I know nothing about Java, but want to try it to improve my skill set. I have a iMac 2.4 GHz and can run Windows XP through Parallels 5, I'd rather not as it makes everything so slow. I read in the "Cattle Drive" about not using an IDE, so what are my other options? Would Netbeans (though apparently it *is* an IDE) suffice to begin learning? I'm really starting from "zero" here...Help!
Don : Welcome to JavaRanch. It looks like you're ready to go. Use your MAC, stay
away from IDEs for now and start with "Head First Java." One thing to add is that
the SCJP books, also by Sierra & Bates - very popular here, will be a good next step,
but not until you have some basics under control. Good luck and be sure to come
back when you need help.
Jim ... ...
BEE MBA PMP SCJP-6
Joined: Sep 01, 2010
Thanks to everyone for all your help, I think I'm going to like it here! I'm so new, I was trying to dl java SDK from Oracle w/o realizing that I had it already installed on my Mac . I have the "Head First Java" book as well as the "Just Java 2" guess I'm ready to go. I will appreciate any and all words of wisdom and/or advice! Regards, Don
I would have to agree with the above, use a plain text to start, getting to see the nuts and bolts of compilation will help you a lot later on. An IDE can do more harm tham good in the beginning as with auto-fixing you can get your code to compile without really knowing what the errors were.
Good luck, its an exciting journey
Try Notepad2 or Notepad++ or jEdit as text editors if on Windows. On Linux there are several nice editors built in, eg Kate, gedit. These all give you helpful features like automatic indentation, bracket highlighting, etc, which you don't get in the Windows built in editor.
Thanks to everyone who weighed in--it is much appreciated. It's kind of daunting to try to pick up a brand new skill after 50, but I figure in a year or two, I'll be another year or two older no matter what I do, so I may as well get started!
Mark, I took your advice and got TextWrangler (actually BBEdit) and man, that was a great tip! Very simple but powerful--I wonder if they're looking for sales reps? I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
James Elsey wrote: Also, as always invest in a good book such as "Head First Java"
Jim Hoglund wrote: ... start with "Head First Java."
Hebert Coelho wrote: Get a good book like HeadFirst Java, it will teach you Java without IDE.
This is the best thing you can do starting out with Java, used them myself!
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