In this tutorial series we are going to examine the basics of the open source programming language Java. This tutorial series will work its way through installing multiple Integrated Development Environment’s for Windows clients (sorry linux and OSX users but you can still follow the rest of the tutorials), creating a simple “Hello World” application, to connecting to a database and utilizing all of the skills we will learn to make a final product. The Integrated Development Environment (IDE) we will install in this tutorial will be eclipse as a NetBeans install was already covered in another tutorial.

The first thing we will want to start by doing is to navigate to the eclipse download page to get our software.  Once on the download page we will want the “eclipse classic 3.7” download and the “32 bit version” of this one.

After clicking on the “Windows 32 Bit” download link on the right hand side you should be directed to a list of servers that eclipse can be downloaded from.  I am going to choose the recommended download site which happens to b Virginia Tech.

After the download is complete we are free to locate the downloaded file and extract them to anywhere that will be easy to find.  I have the files extracted to the “Program Files” folder and made a shortcut from the “eclipse.exe” on my Desktop for easy access. With this done the next step is – Use the applications as there is no install, it is as easy as downloading the app, extract then code.  It is key to note that this would make an excellent mobile IDE, provided that the computer it is being used on had the JDK installed, for the Java developer on the go.

With Eclipse and NetBeans now installed we can look into starting to develop in our new Java development environments.  If you are looking to get ahead before the next tutorial there are some excellent resources out there.  The next tutorial will be a “Hello World” application getting into some of the basics of Java.  Until the next tutorial, Happy Hacking!

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