On why I did not install Java Dev Kit until today

Because the whole Sun Java website is like a labyrinth. I just don’t know where to get my stuff. I just want a Java compiler and when I am at Java.sun.com I just don’t know what to get.

They have things like:

  • Java SE
  • Java EE
  • Java ME
  • NetBeans IDE
  • Web Services
  • Java Software

The whole process is just so alien to me. I am just trying to find the latest Java compiler which is the 6.0 one. I saw their versioning system too. They had 1.2, 2.0, 5.0 and all the different updates. Seriously, it’s just too confusing.

I don’t think any non-Java developer actually know what’s going on. A bit of reading led me to figure that they separate stuff to Enterprise levels and so on. It took me a while to figure what I want is Java SE Development Kit 6 (JDK) which includes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and command-line development tools that are useful for developing applets and applications.

I am aware that Sun has NetBeans and I am just wondering if they’re making compiler downloads harder to encourage people to get NetBeans. The whole website is just horrible. Oh yeah, by the way, Sun Microsystem, your Java website suits the 800 x 600 crowd. Your website is just half the width of my screen. With more and more websites suiting 1024 width, well, consider doing that too.

2 thoughts on “On why I did not install Java Dev Kit until today

  1. NTT

    Really?? I always found it simple enough. Or maybe I am used to it..

    Oh, yea… finding the API docs is hard though… Just bookmark.. or better still download.

    Oh and.. don’t bother with netbeans. Try Eclipse (http://www.eclipse.org) … It’s better..

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