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Head First Java. What I need and downloads.

 
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Hi everybody. My name's Michael but you can call me Mikey. I recently got the book Head First Java so I could learn Java.
It recommends this website and forum if I have any problems. I just have a few questions about installing Java.

The book says to install Java 2 Standard Edition SDK. I have installed Java Standard 7u3 (jdk-7u3-windows-x64.exe) and I assume this is the correct one (my PC is 64 bit). I also created an Oracle account but it seems to want information like where I work etc. I'm a student so I can't fill in this required information. Do I actually need an Oracle account or should I just leave it?
It also asks to download J2SE API documentation. I searched around and I found Java API?. Am I in the correct place? If so how do I downlaod everything? I click on the link and it only gives me a description.
I have another question about adding an entry to my PATH environment variable, but that can wait until I've downloaded everything.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback if it's not too difficult. I understand my questions may seem trivial to some people but I haven't ever done anything like this so I'm not sure if I'm downloading the right things etc.

Thanks

Mikey
 
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I don't think you need to download the API. It can make life easier and be a little faster (and would be available if you were not on the internet), but I would say it is absolutely NOT required.

Not sure why you need to make an Oracle account...I don't think I've installed a JDK since the Sun-Oracle acquisition.
 
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No. You do not need to setup the account.

The version that you have downloaded is a standard J2SE.

No, you do not need API to work with Java. Those are materials like this J2SE5 API

 
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Ok then, I'll continue reading the book then since I don't need the APIs and the account.

Thanks for your help!
 
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Mike Please do not post same question twice. Thanks. Older post & welcome to Java Ranch.
 
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Zeeshan Sheikh wrote:Mike Please do not post same question twice. Thanks. . . .

I have taken the liberty (hope you don’t mind, Bert) of closing the other thread.
 
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The reason Oracle want you to open an account is so they can count how many people use Java™. It is not necessary.
 
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