I got a book titled "Head First Java" which seems to be a really cool way to learn Java, under the "what you need for this book" section they let you know that you need J2SDK along w/ API documentation. I have these things, however something confuses me. The book says the following:
"You need to add an entry to your PATH enviroment variable that points to the /bin directory inside the main Java directory."
I need this in order to run the javac compiler, and I have no idea how to add this entry. Some insight would be great, thanks.
It depends on your operating system. Assuming Windows XP: Right-click "My Computer" desktop icon, select "Properties" menu item. On System Properties dialog box, select "Advanced" tab. Click "Environment Variables" button. In "System variables" section, find the variable named Path (or PATH). Edit it as desired.
Well the book tells me to only use a text editor (wordpad in my case) until I learn some of the basics. If I'm not using Eclipse or Netbeans, where is this command line that I'm supposed to type %javac into in order to compile stuff? I think I'll be able to float once I figure this out.