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Java(tm) is an Object Oriented platform independent programming language originally from Sun. It was designed to be a "simple, object-orientated, distributed, interpreted, robust, secure, architecture neutral, portable, high-performance, multithreaded, and dynamic language".

The suite of java utilities usually includes javac (Java Compiler, for writing programs) and java (Java Interpreter, for running programs). On the teaching system we currently have at least java 1.5. We also have the NetBeans IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Releases include

  • Java SE - The Standard Edition (also known as Java 2 Platform)
  • Java EE - The Enterprise Edition provides web services, component model, management, and communications APIs for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0 applications.
  • Java ME - The Micro Edition for applications running on mobile phones, PDAs, TV set-top boxes, and printers

We have the Standard Edition.

Learning Java

Three local talks (in order of difficulty) are

The locally installed Introduction to Programming Using Java by David J. Eck teaches Java as well as general programming. Also locally we have

Other resources include

More advanced users might be interested in Dynamic Class Loading in Java

On the Teaching System you can run a Java demo by typing

  java -jar /usr/java/jdk1.6.0/demo/jfc/Java2D/Java2Demo.jar

Java and the WWW

Java code can be loaded and executed by WWW browsers. Here's an example of the use of an APPLET tag.

  <applet codebase=""
        code="NervousText.class" width="400" height="75" align="center" >
  <param name="text" value="This is the Applet Viewer.">
  If you were using a Java-enabled browser,
  you would see dancing text instead of this paragraph.

Amongst sample code available is Applet Code Samples

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