wow, thanks for all of the great info. i def have a better big picture understanding now and that's important in how i learn so your comments are very much appreciated. monday, we did hello world on the pc's in the lab. i'm going to set up my mac this weekend so i can bring it to class. i'm going to start off without an ide and then switch over to see the difference.
i enjoyed this:
<<<Actually, you might notice that on a Mac you can run by just double-clicking on the Java class file. But your Windows friends won't have this luxury>>>
i asked my pc prof about this on monday and he said dbl clicking doesn't work to run the file. i'm not at all surprised to learn that it does on a mac. hee.
thanks again to all, i'm sure i'll be back with other questions as the semester goes on.