Appendix A. Using the Java Development Kit

To spur development, Sun Microsystems offers the Java Development Kit (JDK), a free tool to write programs with the language.

The JDK is a set of command-line programs that are used to create, compile, and run Java programs. Every new release of Java is accompanied by a new release of the development kit: The current version is JDK version 6.

Although more sophisticated Java programming tools such as Borland JBuilder, IntelliJ IDEA, and Eclipse are available, many programmers continue to use the Java Development Kit. I’ve been using it as my primary Java programming tool for years.

This appendix covers how to download and install the Java Development Kit, set it up on your computer, and use it to create, ...

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