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Marius Semeon
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Hi, I am completely new to Java (and any sort of coding to be honest) but am having a lot of fun and making good progress using Head First Java (2nd edition).

I was just wondering, what are most beginners writing their code on? I am simply using TextEdit and Terminal on my Mac to compile the code and run it. This is a bit clunky and time consuming so I was thinking about installing an IDE such as Eclipse although in Head First it recommends against using IDEs when starting out. If others are using Eclipse, there appear to be multiple Tool and Runtime platforms on their website and I wasn't sure which one would be most advisable to download.

Many thanks in advance for any help or advice
 
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If you've done some programming in a text editor and are comfortable with that, it might be time to try an IDE.  My favorite is Eclipse.  There are a lot of different "flavors" of Eclipse you can get, but for the moment, I'd get Eclipse Neon.
 
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You can start out with the Eclipse for Java Developers package to keep things simple. If you want to start developing web applications, you might switch to the one for Java EE Developers.  If you want to do development for Android, then the one for Android developers would have the tools you need. You can always install new plugins to the base install. The different packages just make it easier by having platform-specific plugins already bundled in.  If you're going to develop for Android, you might want to check out IntelliJ IDEA - that's what Android Studio is based on.

If you're just trying to get through some basic lessons in Java, then the Eclipse for Java Developers or the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition are fine choices. NetBeans is also a popular choice for a Java IDE, although probably not as popular as Eclipse and IDEA.  I think you may be able to get a Student's license for IntelliJ IDEA if you can give them adequate proof of your student status. Just checkout their website: https://www.jetbrains.com/student/
 
Marius Semeon
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Thanks guys, very helpful responses. I will probably give Eclipse a try then, but will definitely look into the other IDEs mentioned.
 
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No problem. Welcome to the Ranch!
 
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