[K12OSN] Gcj vs javac

Gary Frederick gary.frederick at jsoft.com
Fri May 6 10:21:36 UTC 2005


Install Sun's jdk and jEdit and you have enough to make the first steps
easy for the kids. An IDE can end up hiding details and the first
lessons in Java just need a command line and an editor.

However... I plan on introducing Eclipse as soon as I can.



On Wed, 2005-05-04 at 20:08 -0500, Eric Brown wrote:
> Hello All,
> I'm preparing for an eventual programming class in Java.  I had a few
> semesters of Java in college.  I tried the very simple  "Hello World" using
> gcj, only to have it tell me it didn't know what main was ("undefined
> reference to main").  I usually figure I made the mistake, so I googled
> Hello
> World, and copied and pasted someone else's code and still got the same
> error.
> How different is gcj vs javac?  Will I mess up my terminal server setup if I
> install Sun's SDK?
> Any strong feelings or success stories about any IDE's?  I'd just stick with
> gedit, but I'd like it to do a little more for me.
> Thanks,
> Eric
> Viva la Open Source!
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