Originally posted by s scott: Also, the software bundled with it is Sun's ONE Studio 4 CE. Is that a good IDE for newbies?
I'm not familiar with the book, however I can probably get some here to agree with me when I say that there is really no such thing as a good IDE for people just starting to learn Java. I strongly recommend using a text editor, one that allows formatting and highlighting of code, and that's it. If you really want to learn to use the language, if you try to use an IDE you'll end u pspending too much tmie learning how to do things in that IDE and there's a good chance you will be lost when you have to operate without it.
Just my two cents. Good luck with the course and we look forward to seeing you aruond the Ranch.
Thanks to both of you. Good point about the IDE. I have played around with jedit a lot and like it quite a bit. I obviously don't understand a lot of its potential nor a lot of the plugins, but that is because it caters to a crowd that I haven't fully explored yet. I will likely use that or Notepad++, which is light and offers the code-specific highlighting.
Of course, since it is a class, I may be forced to use whatever the instructor wants us to use...
subject: My first programming course will use Staugaard - anyone familiar with this book?