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Tal Ma
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Hello,
I have just started reading the book "Head First Java 2nd Edition" (Which I heard was good) and it says I must get Java 2 Standard Edition SDK 5 (1.5, Tiger) in order to continuing. I tried to go to java.sun.com and get it from there but I haven't really found something like a download or an installation. How do I download J2SE SDK?

Also, the book says I need the J2SE API Documentation. How do I get it?

Thank you and have a great weekend!
 
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Well, each programming handbook follows the available JDK at the moment it was written... nowadays JDK 1.5 it's obsolete and deprecated.
You may want anyway download it from Oracle, just go on their download page and scroll down to "Previous Releases - Java Archive" section.

Anyway, just as advice: why you don't just download latest JDK ? Of course it supports Java 5 as well as Java 8.
You can start following your book steps and then go further.
 
Tal Ma
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Claude Moore wrote:Well, each programming handbook follows the available JDK at the moment it was written... nowadays JDK 1.5 it's obsolete and deprecated.
You may want anyway download it from Oracle, just go on their download page and scroll down to "Previous Releases - Java Archive" section.

Anyway, just as advice: why you don't just download latest JDK ? Of course it supports Java 5 as well as Java 8.
You can start following your book steps and then go further.


Oh okay I didn't know 5 is the old version, I have no problem with using the newest Java. I don't really need the exact version as in the book, right?
The new version isn't VERY different from the old one, right?

Anyway, how do I get this Java 8?

And thanks for the quick response by the way!
 
Claude Moore
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To download the JDK, you need only to go to Oracle website : follow this link.
To be honest, Java 8 is a real major update to Java language, with a lot of innovations and new stuff. But please don't be afraid: I think you're a beginner (I beg your pardon if you're not),
so JDK 5 may be still a good starting point to learn Java: you can buy after you have learnt well the language another handbook with specific discussion of what's new in Java 8.

Good work.
 
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Java 6, 7 and 8 have added a whole list of new features since Java 5, but all new versions are completely backward compatible, so anything in the book that's about Java 5 should also work without any changes on the current version.
 
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