Beginner - which bundle to install?
I've been searching the net for info about which java development bundle I should install, but haven't found an answer. I have also searched this forum, but no help, so:
I'm hoping to start from the very beginning and advance to the EE. I'd also like to learn at least something about netbeans, fx, applets, java scripting and other java-related stuff. At the moment I have no clue what those are.
I guess, for the beginner the SE JDK is mostly recommended - sometimes SE JDK with netbeans, but if I wanted to install the widest option, should I install EE JDK? Maybe EE JDK with GlassFish?
Can you do everything you can do with SE JDK with EE JDK or does basic learning become harder with EE JDK? Or maybe EE JDK is addition to SE JDK?
Oracle Technology Network for Java Developers does not seem to give an answer to this question. At least not using language a total noob can understand.
The idea is to install most, if not all, needed stuff at once and then concentrate on using them in writing java programs.
Also, could anybody explain the bundles - roughly what they are for, and what you can do with them.
I tried to ask about those things in the Oracle Community Java Forum, but couldn't register. Couldn't even ask how to register. Is it even alive anymore? The latest articles seem to be dated to stone age.
I guess Eclipse would be a good IDE?
I'm a senior SW designer with more than 15 years of experience - mostly C.
I'm also somewhat familiar with C++, Ada, Pascal, Fortran, Basic, Forth, Occam, Lisp and Common Lisp (Not really a Lisp, IMHO), so this is not my first attempt to learn a programming language.
I'm also trying to learn Windows programming these days, so Windows programming concepts are somewhat unknown to me still, so please try to avoid those concepts in responses.
Books - Where to get started
Before even beginning to code, take a look at some sources of other projects. If you want, I can give you some code ( Extremely Beginner ) and explain the blocks that are used to create and operate the actual application.
After sifting through code for awhile (I did it for days), take a look at your local library. Try to find Java for Dummies for a start, and then make way to other Java books. I am currently reading Programming with Java and it's also a great introduction to Java.
With Java you have to create and test your own code, reading from a book constantly will not do you any good. You are required to be making your own applications during the time of reading the book you are on.
If you need more information, please don't hesitate to contact me.