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Java Garage by Eben Hewitt

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Integrated Development Environments

To make a Java program, you write Java source code, which gets compiled into class files, which are composed of bytecodes, which are then executed by the Java Runtime Environment when you run your program. That's a number of steps. The more complex your program, the more external details are involved in completing the system. It can be difficult to maintain two or three or four hundred class files for each project you're working on. It gets tiring repeating lengthy classpath arguments when testing your code. Perhaps you are working with other developers and would like to coordinate your efforts by using a common code repository. Or perhaps, being new to the language, you would like to have an environment in ...

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