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Thread: When you write your first program what do you use to write in on?

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    Default When you write your first program what do you use to write in on?

    When you begin to write computer programs what do you use to write them?

    Like when a scriptwriter begins to write his screenplay, he may use Final Draft which is software that he can compose his manuscript on.

    I am very new to programming, like today, and would like to learn how to do this, I can learn on my own, but would like to know what you other programmers use to write your programs on?

    Like Word? Notepad? Another software app? Something off the web? What?

    I went to college in 1982 and graduated in 87, back then programming did not interest me, now I see it as the only thing worth learning.

    I am 53 years old and I hope that I can either get a job someday in programming or program something so I can make my own money doing programming and be good at what I do. The being good part at what I do is most important.

    Thank You.

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    Default Re: When you write your first program what do you use to write in on?

    You can use Notepad, but a lot of people use a thing called an IDE.

    Most often used are Eclipse, IntelliJ, or Netbeans.

    edit: If you need some help starting up feel free to message me and I'll get you started.

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    Default Re: When you write your first program what do you use to write in on?

    To start I'd recommend using a simple editor to create the java source file and maybe some batch files to compile and execute the program.
    You'll want to experiment with classes in packages and using the classpath with the javac and java commands. See the API doc for the commandline options: Java Platform Standard Edition 8 Documentation
    Once you are comfortable with those tools, you'll want to move to an IDE that has lots of features (almost too many for a beginner).
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    Default Re: When you write your first program what do you use to write in on?

    I downloaded JDK-8u141-nb-8_2-windows-x64 and installed it and it seems to work. Is their anything else I am missing? I also have a beginner's Dummy Book that I will try and work through.

    I am curious does Java have something set that tells you what the symbols that you would use mean? Like you get when you have a keyboard and it shows you what each symbol means?
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    Default Re: When you write your first program what do you use to write in on?

    what the symbols that you would use mean
    Can you explain what you mean by "symbols"? A java source file contains ordinary ASCII characters.
    You type in the source with an editor and save it in a file with the .java extension
    Next compile it with the javac command
    If no errors, a .class file is created
    The class file is executed with the java command

    What OS are you on?
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    OS Windows 7.

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