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Phillip Larson
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Hello Barry,

My first question about the new Java For Dummies, Is the new Java For Dummies book going to be using Eclipse as the main IDE? If choose to use a other IDE instead of using Eclipse, would I still be able to use this book ?

Thank You for the help,

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Eclipse is an IDE, not a compiler. I'm sure you can use any IDE of your choice, or none at all if you so choose. I generally advise beginners not to use an IDE, so they get to learn the details of the classpath and command line use of Java - which sooner or later everybody will need to understand.
 
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Not to belabor the point, but not understanding the difference between an IDE and a compiler is a perfect example of an IDE "getting in the way" of learning how things work and why the use of an IDE is not recommended until one knows how to compile and run from the command line.
 
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The Java For Dummies book is IDE-neutral. I don't describe any IDE in particular in the book. Instead, I point readers to my web pages where I describe how to set up and use the common IDEs (Eclipse, NetBeans and IntelliJ IDEA). I started doing this a few editions ago because I needed the extra page count for Java-specific material.
 
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Sorry that I didn't used the right term in my question, I just always considered Eclipse to be a compiler. Yes I do know how to compile and run Java from the command line.

Thank for the Reply.
 
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