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So basic I can't find a thing on it - JDKs

Alex Campbell

Joined: Aug 12, 2011
Posts: 2
Hi. I'm brand new to this, and have been all over the Oracle site. On one page, before the noob lessons begin, it says to download the JDK from Apple. The link given does not lead to a specific JDK download. So I looked at both the 'Developer Tools' section and the 'Java' section (left hand bar), neither of which listed a JDK as such. These are the two pages in question, btw:

Developer Tools:

The later seems a better fit (10.7), but it is not specifically called a JDK, and I'm not sure what exactly a JDK should contain.

So... as a MAC (Lion) user (who has Netbeans installed) what do I need in a JDK, please, and where do I get it?

Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
Can you run NetBeans? If so, you already have everything you need.

If not, then "Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Developer Package" is what you need. You can't go wrong, there is only a single Java package available for Lion, and it includes the JDK.
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Joined: Jan 28, 2008
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Welcome to JavaRanch Alex, we are happy to have you here
Alex Campbell

Joined: Aug 12, 2011
Posts: 2
Wonderful. Thank you, Ulf. And thank you, Seetharaman, for your kind welcome.

Quite honestly, I will have to learn this next Spring from an instructor who could not teach me how to open a paper bag, so I'd like to gain a solid understanding of the basics before then.

It just occurred to me that in that process I will need to gain a passing familiarity with the basic GUI libraries and any other common ones. Are they a separate download, please? If so, is there a preferred location for 'library shopping' in general?

Thanks again, and Happy Weekend!
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46409
Most of the GUIs you need are already inside the JDK download.
I agree. Here's the link:
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