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Thread: Please tell me basic Java

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    Default Please tell me basic Java

    Hello everyone. I am a new Java programmer and still needs help on learning what some code means and other stuff. I would like to now a good resource to use and if i should use eclipse to write my programs. Thanks for the help.😃

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    Default Re: Please tell me basic Java

    the Oracle tutorials cover quite bit: The Really Big Index
    As a beginner you should not use an IDE, because they hide a few important things, that you need to know. Start off with a texteditor of your choice and the command prompt. When you've mastered classpath, path and packges you might start using eclipse.

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    Default Re: Please tell me basic Java

    PhHein is correct that you shouldn't become reliant on an IDE in the beginning, however I feel that notepad is a step too far. I would recommend JCreator (JCreator — Java IDE). It is the IDE I started out on. It is very lightweight. It will not do auto-suggestions (at least it didn't when I used it) like some of the larger IDEs, but that is not a bad thing, since it encourages you to learn how to read the APIs.
    It is a few steps above notepad, in the sense that it will allow you to compile and execute in the IDE (instead of the with the command prompt), and it allows you create basic project structures.

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    You might also consider checking out Processing, which is like Java but easier for beginners. The link in my signature to Static Void Games contains some tutorials I wrote taking you from Processing to Java.
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