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Yea if you have Oracle installed there will be a JDK in there. Really all you need to do is configure your Netbeans to point to that JDK directory within the Oracle directory. You will know if it doesnt work as it should complain.

As far as importing, netbeans is probably the same as Eclipse. Just find the IMPORT option, prolly under FILE, and select import existing project into workspace. Then specify the path the .project file.


Since Eclipse is free, it would not hurt to just go ahead and download it as well, and experiment with both. Besides, your end product will be the same. You may even find that you like one better than the other
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One thing I think I should mention, is that for a beginner, these IDEs might be a little overwhelming... hell, I have been a java engineer for 8 years and still I don't know what half of the features are for

Also, with all the code assiting and such, and on the fly compile and error reporting, it really makes the work a lot easier, but for you guys that are trying to learn for the first time, you may be missing some of the fundamentals of the language! Even though I defintiely encourage you to learn the IDEs, it would also be good to write your first programs in something simple like TEXTPAD, so that you are forced to manually fix all the newbie mistakes that your are bound to make! This will ensure that you have a strong foundation, and don't rely on just the magic of the IDE!
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post #13 of 19

I work on J2EE for a living on Air Force applications.

Netbeans is a good IDE to use for web development and eclipse (vanilla) is good to use for system programming (non web based.)

I'd start with eclipse and go from there.

If you need some additional work to do to refresh yourself on it. Check here
http://codingbat.com/java

Great java examples and it'll help with the basic structure.

From a visual to java standpoint yeah this is going to be difficult. Get used to object oriented terms such as method, class etc.. Learn what a class is, learn what an object is.
Another great resource:

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post #14 of 19
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Yea if you have Oracle installed there will be a JDK in there. Really all you need to do is configure your Netbeans to point to that JDK directory within the Oracle directory. You will know if it doesnt work as it should complain.

As far as importing, netbeans is probably the same as Eclipse. Just find the IMPORT option, prolly under FILE, and select import existing project into workspace. Then specify the path the .project file.


Since Eclipse is free, it would not hurt to just go ahead and download it as well, and experiment with both. Besides, your end product will be the same. You may even find that you like one better than the other
how can i direct it, never done it before and im curious to know how to learn
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how can i direct it, never done it before and im curious to know how to learn
Not exactly sure with netbeans, but it has to be something similar to Eclipse.

In eclipse, you go:

Window->preferences->Java->installed JREs

Then you can click 'Add' and select 'Standard VM'. Then navigate to the JDK within the oracle folder. What you are looking for is the bin folder. Select it and hit finish, and Eclipse will fill out all those fields. Then select that guy as default.

You can also have more than one installed, (different versions of java), and then come to this screen to select which one you want to use for the current project/workspace. I would suggest using at least JDK 1.5
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post #16 of 19
I would start with no IDE. Without an IDE, for the most part, it's harder to be tempted to "make something really cool" instead of concentrating on learning programming in general. Not to mention, you might want to memorize some core libraries and methods instead of relying on intellisense from the get go.
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since you are a visual learner...like myself...i would recommend going on youtube...since they do step-by-step tutorials. Learning programming is not easy...but is extremely satisfying once you understand the concepts and finish programs.
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I have a really good book and have started to learn if statements and while loops. I am on chapter 3 and 4 right now. I am using netbeans and have downloaded the JDK for it. I have vacation this week and just got home from a family members passing so I plan on spending all week and reading a full book on java and look into more VB, too.
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