To get the most out of JSyn, you need to know how to program in Java. Java
is now the most popular programming language and is an excellent language
to learn. Luckily there are lots of resources available.
Eclipse for Windows,
Mac OS X or Linux
Eclipse is a hot new free Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from
IBM. It has powerful refactoring tools which help you quickly make code
improvements that would otherwise be very tedious. It is becoming the IDE
of choice for modern Java programming.
Sun JDK for Windows
To program in Java you will need a Java compiler. For Windows or Linux,
you can use the free Java Development Kit (JDK) from Sun. Sun invented
Java so it is the definitive tool for Java. I recommend using the 1.3 JDK
because it is very stable and can generate version 1.1 compatible code
that will run in most browsers asn an Applet
You can use Borland JBuilder freely for personal use. There are versions
available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It is a complete integrated
system with an editor, compiler and debugger.
Apple provides their own custom Java SDK call Macintosh Runtime for Java
(MRJ). They have a version for OS
and for OS
. You can also use the ProjectBuilder which comes with OS X.
Java 1.1 versus 1.4
The latest Java from Sun, as of February 2002, is V1.4. V1.4 is nice. It
includes Swing, which is an improved version of the AWT. Java 1.4 also
has better support for media, like movies and sound. But Java 1.4 is not
supported in all the browsers, and isn't available for Mac OS 8 and 9.
So if you are writing programs that you want lots of people to use, I recommend
using the JDK 1.3 and limiting yourself to the features available in Java
There are many great tutorials for learning Java step by step.
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