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    Default Help getting started

    I really want to learn java bad. My first problem is that every time i download from oracle i cant get the program running and the its a big mess switching this and that and still getting nowhere. I have felt like it would be a great accomplishment just to get the thing running. Im not that bad with computers but this is like wtf! I am asking that someone help me get a java program that would be suitable for a rookie. If i can get help with this I would really appreciate it.Thanks anyone!


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    i cant get the program running
    Can you explain what happens? If you are using a command prompt window, copy its contents here.

    To copy the contents of the command prompt window:
    Click on Icon in upper left corner
    Select Edit
    Select 'Select All' - The selection will show
    Click in upper left again
    Select Edit and click 'Copy'

    Paste here.
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    when i download the oracle software i cant even get the program to come up/open

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    What is the filename of the file that you downloaded from the oracle site?
    What OS are you using on your PC?

    Can you open a command prompt window, change to the folder with the file that was downloaded and type in the name of the file and press Enter.
    Copy the console window's contents and paste here.
    On windows To copy the contents of the command prompt window:
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    Select Edit and click 'Copy'

    Paste here.
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    i have windows 7

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    how do i download java

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    how do i download java
    Go to the Oracle website and follow the directions for downloading one of the JDKs.
    Most people get the SE version.

    when i download the oracle software
    What was the filename of the file you downloaded? How big was the file?
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    java jre 7

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    What is "java jre 7"?
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    do i download for windows x86 or windows x64

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    The one that matches the kind of computer insides that you have. x86 is for 32 bit, x64 for 64 bit
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    it is now downloaded so what do i do now?

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    What file is on your PC? How big is it?
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    i can only find a folder named java with multiple files in it the name is jdk1.7.0_10 and the largest file inside the folder is 20,176 kb

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    You are not answering my questions which makes it hard to offer you advice.
    I assume
    you have downloaded a file named:jdk-7-windows-i586.exe with size= 81,392KB
    you executed that file and it installed java on your PC.

    If those are true, then in the installed folders there should be a bin folder that contains some exe files like: javac.exe and java.exe.

    What happens if you open a command prompt window and enter:
    java.exe -version
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    it tells me
    java version "1.7.0_10"
    Java<TM> SE Runtime Environment <build 1.7.0_10-b18>
    Java HotSpot<TM> 64-Bit Server VM<build 23.6-b04, mixed mode>

    I am really sorry about how my responses are worded or the info that is given isn't exactly what you want. I am trying to answer your questions best i can. I know you have alot more of an understanding of computers than i do.

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    That response looks like you have a working version of the java program installed.
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    Cool. But how do i run it or open/get it started

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    how do i run it or open/get it started
    Can you explain what "it" is?
    You just executed the java program which showed that it is installed on your PC.
    What java programs do you have that you want to run?

    Take a look at the tutorial:
    http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutori...ava/index.html
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    I guess this is where i am kinda confused about what it is that i downloaded.. I want to learn basic programming in java. I thought that was the kinda program i was downloading. Maybe i have that wrong?? But i just want to learn to write programs.

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    Did you read the tutorial I posted a link to?
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