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    Question Where do I find java's standard library?

    I've been wondering lately how the method System.out.print(string) works. Most newbies use it, so I for one am wondering what the secrets are behind printing in a command prompt.
    Despite Java being an open source software I can't seem to find the source code of these standard libraries, classes and methods which we all use. And still it has to be out there on my computer.
    Popular Java websites only give a list of methods and how to use them, but not how they work. So does anyone know??

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    Look for a src.zip file in your JDK's installation folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r035198x View Post
    Look for a src.zip file in your JDK's installation folder.
    I found it, but it's, well, BIG. Where do I start?

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    Where do you want to start? If you are looking for a class you have to know the class' package and open that. You do know, for example, the package for the System class, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r035198x View Post
    Where do you want to start? If you are looking for a class you have to know the class' package and open that. You do know, for example, the package for the System class, right?
    No I can't find the System class.

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    that's why they created the search feature.

    Search for System.java
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    Eclipse has a built in source search. You can control + click on a class and it will take you to the source code. Was an IMMENSE help to me when learning serialization
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmatt1111 View Post
    that's why they created the search feature.

    Search for System.java
    I found the file, but there is no print or println methods in it.

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    Forget trying to read the source for those methods then.
    Instead concentrate on learning Java, finding out about fields, methods and classes. After that you will understand what the line System.out.println means. Once you understand what it means you will be in a position to know how to locate the println method.

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