Installing Java JDK & IDE

What is JDK and IDE?


The JDK is the SDK (Software Development kit, is the stuff you need to be able to write a program to call the functionality of a particular platform) for building against the Java platform which is the Java Runtime Environment and the related libraries, compiler and tools.


An IDE is an Integrated Development Environment - at its core it's a very advanced code editor, which includes core functions you need to develop software against an SDK such as the ability to compile/build it, debug and profile it, source and version control, etc. Examples would be Visual Studio, Eclipse and descendants, Xcode. IDEs can be optional (you can usually build against an SDK just from the command line) but they tend to make your life a bit easier and the programmer more productive.

Installing JDK and IDE


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