Appendix E. Programming with the Java Development Kit
Although the NetBeans IDE is easier for most new programmers learning Java, the Java Development Kit (JDK) also can be used throughout this book to create, compile, and run programs in the language.
The tools that make up the JDK contain numerous features that many programmers don’t explore. Some of the tools themselves might be new to you. This appendix covers features of the kit that you can use to create and test Java programs.
Overview of the JDK
Although you can use numerous IDEs to create Java programs, the most widely used may still be the JDK from Oracle, the set of command-line tools to develop software with the Java language.
There are two big reasons for the kit’s popularity: ...