Get ready to program by writing a "Hello, World!" program on the same computer you plan to use to do your assignments.
If you are planning to use your home machine, you will need to download and install the JDK. 'JDK6 Update 2' is the latest version, but earlier versions should also work for this course. You do not need NetBeans (which is an IDE like Eclipse), but you can get that version if you want to.
In lab, I will show you how to use Notepad to write your source code. While this is a good learning experience, it's nice to have something a little fancier to write code.
One option is TextPad. This is what I like to use at home on simple programs. It is halfway between an editor and an IDE. You can download a free shareware version which will nag you occasionally when you save.
If you're ready to tackle a full-blown IDE, Eclipse is a good one. It is what will be used in lectures. Get the 'Eclipse IDE for Java Developers'. (You should install the JDK before you install Eclipse.)
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