Everything I need
Last year I took a computer programming class, half of the year we learned visual basic and the other half we learned JAVA. After that half a year of JAVA, I learned so much, from if statements, all the way to action listeners and GUI's. We used Jcreator at school, and it seems like everything is updated and installed. When I tried to install Jcreator on my computer, I had to download a bunch of classes(keyboard class... etc) and JDK's(supposedly something that allows you to run the program)? I was so confused. So can anyone give me a list of what I should download and where I should save the files?
NOTE: I am running vista
Also it would be nice to know how you learned JAVA and what IDE's you used.
I'm not sure which bunch of classes are you talking about. To start work on with Java, you no need such additional classes. Only need is the latest JDK. You can download it from the Suns' download section.
Here is the link.
Choose the correct JDK package and install it in your PC.
For your second question, the way learning Java is different from one person to person. My suggestion is read as much as possible Java APIs and write simple codes as much as possible. You can find lots of simple examples on the web as well.
Regarding the Java IDEs, check on my signature. There is a link to a nice thread that we are disusing about this in great distance. Good luck!
I suguest you that you can use the Eclipse IDE, then you will be very happy
I noticed that there is the Java SE 6 update 10 (i.e.; JDK 6), but also a Java EE 5 SDK. Should I be OK with JDK, or do I need the EE5 SDK for most purposes? What is the EE anyway?
JDK update 10 is the latest J2SE for Java. My recommendation is work with the latest version each time. It's much safer as well.
EE stand for Enterprise Edition, which is specifically used for enterprise level applications.