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DRode July 15th, 2003 10:21 PM

How to get started; what version to download?
I'm brand new to Java 2 and just started reading the book "Beginning Java 2" (JDK 1.3 Edition). I want to get started on the right foot by downloading the best "development kit." The book tells me to go to http://java/sun.com and download the JDK. When I go to the web site I can't find specifically a "JDK 1.3 Edition." I don't know if I should download a later version or what. Also, I don't know if it should be the standard edition (J2SE) or the enterprise edition (J2EE). On the site, the acronym SDK is used more than JDK. Sorry if these questions sound trivial but, I'll appreciate any help in getting started off on the right foot. What download would be best? Which one would most closely match the book?
Thank you very much!

TomPaul July 21st, 2003 10:25 AM

You can download the current version of the J2SE. Make you sure you download the SDK and not the JRE. The JRE is the "java runtime environment" and does not include the parts needed by programmers.

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Ivor August 7th, 2003 01:46 PM

The version that matches the book is J2SE 1.3.1 which you should find on the Sun Java site.In fact you can also use the latest J2SE 1.4.2 edition as the SDKs are upwards compatible.
JDK was the original designation and means Java Development Kit. Somewhere along the way the folks at Sun decided that Java SDK for Java System Development Kit was better terminology so that's what it is called now.
Stick with the standard edition. The enterprise edition includes a lot of stuff for development in a large enterprise that you won't need while you are learning Java.

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