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black.horizons
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Hi there...i'm a complete and utter newbie to the world of Java...i couldn't tell you the differences between the language and the coffee...except you can spill the coffee, and taste it too.

So what i want to know is:

1. What to download/install on my Windows XP machine
(don't crucify me due to XP please)
2. Where to go to get a decent tutorial.
3. How long it will take me to get a grasp on the
language so i can begin to program. (big programs,
not hello world).

Thanks for the time...

Alex

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black.horizons
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thanks for your help..i'll start oin java around july/august time....still in higher education in uk...its a bummer no time for the real joys of life...

Shane Whitehead
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Welcome to the world of Java!!

You'll probably want to grab a copy of the Java Development Kit (JDK) and (maybe a little later on) a copy of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE)...

Basically, the JDK is what you really want to get started with development, the JRE isn't as large and you will want that to run your apps on other people's machines (who don't need the development version of Java)...

You'll want to jump over to http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/download.jsp and grab a copy of Java 2 Standard Edition 5.0 (J2SE5.0)

Download the version of the JDK which suits your OS

While your there, grab a copy of the J2SE 5.0 Documentation, this includes the API docs in HTML format, very useful for giving an idea of what's avaliable in Java.

Next, you'll want to head over to the world famous Java Tutorial, http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/index.html - This is by far the best place to get started (assuming you've never done any Java coding before!)

When you're done there, you might want to visit Tutorial and Code Camps http://java.sun.com/j2se/learning/tutorial/index.html to get some more insight...

As for how long will it take, that depends on you and how much previous experience. When I started, it took around 2 weeks to get the hang of the language and get started with some serious Swing & JDBC work, but even after 4 years, I'm loving the learning process :)

Happy coding!