Java Programming on a Mac? Please help steer me in the right direction
I'm brand new here. This forum looks awesome!
I just bought a MacBook Pro with OS 10.6.7 "Snow Leopard".
My goal was to install IntelliJ as the IDE and the Java 1.6 SE from Oracle as the JDK.
However, when I went to the Oracle site, I only saw JDKs for Windows, Unix, and Solaris.
Where do I get the Java 1.6 SE JDK for Mac?
I'm open to different ideas. I heard of things called Eclipse and NetBeans as well. So if Netbeans or Eclipse has some sort of "giant enchilada" install where it will put the Mac version of the JDK and the IDE on the computer all in one shot, that could be really cool.
I bought a 1000 page book on Java. But the hardest thing for me right now is actually installing the Java stuff on the computer and getting that stuff to work so I understand my way around.
The Apple website says if you buy the latest Snow Leopard Mac operating system it comes with some sort of Java JDK "in the box". But that sounds like it's for people who have an earlier version of OSX, and are looking to upgrade to the latest Mac OS. The Apple website does not say if my brand new computer has this JDK installed. It also uses vague language. It does not say who the vendor is for this JDK, and does not say if it is 1.6SE or something different.
I'm looking for a simple set of instructions like "do this, do that" and then all the Java development stuff I need will be installed on my new computer.
I'm brand new at this, so I'm looking for the free community-type stuff rather than the paid $600 stuff. It will be a *long* time before I'm advanced enough to use the elaborate expensive stuff anyway.
I'm a very hard worker. I just don't know which way to run on this.
Thanks for any insights, and I'm glad I found this forum.