I know this is probably the dumbest of dumb questions, but I am completely new to both Java and programming in general.
When I attempt to compile a simple program using the javac command, I am receiving an error:
javac: file not found: I have set my path system variable to the javac bin folder filepath (C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_71\bin), but this doesn't seem to make any difference. Does anyone have any advice?
if it's not there, see Stephan's post. the cmd window does not dynamically re-load the PATH when it's changed. It loads it when the window first opens, so changes don't get picked up. the easiest way to get it loaded it to open a new window (and close the old one so you don't get confused).
if is is in your path, then you should be able to do this:
dir "\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_71\bin\javac.exe"
and have it return something like
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is AA13-5086
Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0\bin