Gentoo Archives: gentoo-java

From: Ray Hunter <bigdog@××××××××.com>
To: gentoo-java@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-java] Startup advice
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 04:11:58
In Reply to: [gentoo-java] Startup advice by Stuart Howard
Stuart Howard wrote:
> I am a Gentoo user with an urge to try my hand at coding, java seems > to fit the bill as a language that has cross platform appeal and so > on, you guys know the rest. > > My question is this, I want to spend my time learning the language not > the various apps that allow me to do this so what would your > recommendation be for a new starter such as myself.
get a book on java and learn the fundamentals.
> I seem to have a choice of using either blackdown or the sun packages, > I have read sufficient to realise that the blackdown project was the > original linux port of Sun's Java but Today what would you suggest as > the platform to pick ie. is the Blackdown package well supported under > Gentoo? will updates come promptly when considered stable? or the the > Sun package better supported? and for that matter as a new user would > I be better of with one or the other for a reason I have not yet come > too?
either one is a good one to start learning java with then you can start to formulate your opinions on the different jvms. I, personally, use sun, blackdown, and jikes (in that order).
> Next up would be an IDE, is Kdevelop good for java or is netbeans a > good choice? again your experiance would be helpful at this stage, the > netbeans site seems to imply that they provide functinality not > available elsewhere will this mean that my code [once I get there ;) ] > be specific to netbeans? or should I go for a fundamentalist approach > and stick to "simple" approach and trusty vim?
vim is a great editor...however, it is not an ide. I am very partial to eclipse. what a great, if they only had a killer vim plugin then my world would be complete. -- ray -- gentoo-java@g.o mailing list