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Christiaan Thamm
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Hi all

this is most likely going to be a very stupid question

I just started checking out the java ranch beginners section with the assignments. I downloaded the JDK and pasted the HelloWorld test program and it worked fine... My question is isnt there a screen in which to write code and run and see the output (or an error). Or do you have to write code in notepad and run it from command prompt every time?

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Read through some of the threads in the IDEs, Version Control and other tools section, looking for IDE related topics.

The most commonly used IDEs are NetBeans and Eclipse, but it's good to start with a simple code editor like JEdit and compili/run from the command line so that you later understand what an IDE is doing for you behind the scenes.
 
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And welcome to the Ranch!
 
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Christiaan Thamm wrote:Hi all

this is most likely going to be a very stupid question

I just started checking out the java ranch beginners section with the assignments. I downloaded the JDK and pasted the HelloWorld test program and it worked fine... My question is isnt there a screen in which to write code and run and see the output (or an error). Or do you have to write code in notepad and run it from command prompt every time?

Thanks


Notepad sucks, but yes, typically beginners are advised to start with a simple text editor or programmer's editor, and compile and run on the command line. I forget which editors are recommended. Might be TextPad or UltraEdit or SlickEdit maybe? you should be able to google for java text editor recommendations.

Once you become more comfortable with the language runtime, and your projects start becoming more complex, you'll probably want an IDE such as Eclipse or NetBeans (both free) or IntelliJ (not free).
 
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I like Notepad2 and NotePad++ which are similar to each other. Look at this post.
 
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+1 @ Mr. Burke:
A simple text editor and the command line will give you a much stronger grasp of the basics when starting out. The link in my signature will prove invaluable as well.

+1 @ Sheriff Ritchie:
NotePad++ is an awsome editor and supports syntax highlighting for most languages
 
Christiaan Thamm
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Great thanks guys Ill get myself a good text editor for now, thanks for the responses
 
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