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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beginner's Guide to Using an IDE Versus a Text Editor

There are two basic iDE used for programming,
iDE has more functions as compared with the simple text editor.

Text editor:
pros: easy transfer to different platform, without high-level manipulation/configuration that has to do for a beginner, concentrate on real programming
cons: no completion, won't give you a hint when you are coding
e.g. jEdit (http://www.jedit.org/index.php) this is actually a good editor

pros: have almost all the function that a text editor can provide, has the sytex completion.
cons: you need to know how to lunch some kind of simple version for "pure" coding 

Downloading NetBeans
To download NetBeans go to the NetBeans website. The downloads page should configure itself to show you the download bundles that will work on your operating system. The bundles are a useful way to download NetBeans so that it already has the plug-ins it needs to let you develop in the language you want. For this article, download and install the Java SE version.
Note: Installation of Netbeans 6.8 requires at least JDK 5.0 Update 19 or JDK 6 Update 14 to be already installed. If you're unsure how to, see downloading and installing the JDK. 
The NetBeans GUI
When you run NetBeans you will see a Start Page taking up the entire development area. It's a way of seeing up-to-date news on NetBeans and getting access to helpful articles on the NetBeans website.
At the top you'll also see a menu bar full of available commands but you can ignore almost all of them. For now, it's best to focus on two that will be of the most use: File -> New Project and Run -> Run Project

--- Following the following step to download the NetBeens

Java 6 is required for installing and running the PHP, Ruby and C/C++ NetBeans Bundles. You can download the latest Java at java.com.
JDK 6 is required for installing and running the Java SE, JavaFX, Java and All NetBeans Bundles. You can download standalone JDK or download the latest JDK with NetBeans IDE Java SE bundle.

-1- use the latest Java (http://www.java.com/en/)
-2- Install the JDK  (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html)
-3- select your prefered one from: (http://netbeans.org/downloads/)

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