Embarrassed. So embarrassed. 20 years ago I was literally by far the best in my class when I took a simple programming course learning BASIC, LOGO, and C++ (basic stuff, obviously) but I was good, and great with computers in general. So cut to now, I decide I want to get back into it and I buy some books on Java
, and after 3 days I haven't even successfully installed a platform. WITH 2 BOOKS!! The one thing I can't seem to find is just a simple explanation of how to be able to start coding.
The first book, Head First Java, encourages me to use Notebook to write original code, and feed that into the compiler. Ok, weird, but I was willing to try it. Downloaded JDK 8 for 32 bit Windows (yeah, I have 32 bit 10), and the API documentation, but I guess I messed up the part where I am supposed to change the PATH in the environmental variables because I can't even get the code I downloaded from the book's site to run, and that's the only part I could have screwed up.
I decided using an IDE
was more my speed, especially with my experience with C++ and BASIC, and the other book I bought, Sams Teach Yourself Java, recommends NetBeans, which I downloaded both the .bin and source for, but which I still don't understand how to install. It mentions ANT
, which I also downloaded, but there isn't any setup or install file, and all the manuals just list a bunch more environmental variables to create, which I have zero experience with, and really am sick of playing with.
I have an RCA Cambio, running 32 bit Windows 10. Can anyone walk me through actually getting NetBeans up and running? I'm sorry, but I am beyond frustrated at this point.