Creating a Sample Program

The first time you run NetBeans, you'll be asked several questions about how to configure the software.

To run the program, double-click the NetBeans IDE icon on the desktop or find it on the Start menu:

  • On Windows XP, choose Start, All Programs, open the NetBeans 4.1 folder, then click NetBeans IDE.

  • On other Windows systems, choose Start, Programs, open the NetBeans 4.1 folder, then click NetBeans IDE.

If you have never used an integrated development environment before, you're likely to be a little shell-shocked when you see NetBeans for the first time. There are numerous menu commands, toolbar buttons, and other interface components at your disposal, as shown in Figure C.2.

Figure C.2. Viewing the NetBeans graphical ...

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