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sge12
May 31, 2011, 07:14 PM
i just got an ibook g3 (not clamshell) and i want to learn java. are there any free programs that i can use to write then compile java programs. i heard some stuff about xcode but i dont think it is free.
computer info
20 gig hd
384 mb sdram
600 mhz power pc g3
cd drive
osx tiger



unkn0wnsoldier
May 31, 2011, 08:09 PM
http://www.eclipse.org/

jiminaus
May 31, 2011, 10:48 PM
http://www.eclipse.org/

I wonder if Eclipse might be too heavy for this Mac.

Maybe just use TextEdit to edit java source code and javac in Terminal to compile.

Great Dave
Jun 1, 2011, 12:18 AM
i just got an ibook g3 (not clamshell) and i want to learn java. are there any free programs that i can use to write then compile java programs. i heard some stuff about xcode but i dont think it is free.
computer info
20 gig hd
384 mb sdram
600 mhz power pc g3
cd drive
osx tiger

I love NetBeans...

You can use NetBeans - I think 6.8 was the last version that supported PowerPC.

I hope you got the iBook for free.

You could also check out craiglist and buy a cheap PC (Under $100) that would give you way better performance and a more fun java learning experience.

pikester
Jun 5, 2011, 03:27 PM
Maybe just use TextEdit to edit java source code and javac in Terminal to compile.

I agree with this. The iBook G3 is a pretty slow machine, running NetBeans or Eclipse on it would most likely be a hinderance in learning. I'd recommend TextWrangler 3.1 as and editor (3.5 is not compatible with Tiger): http://www.barebones.com/support/textwrangler/updates.html

You'll need to compile from the command line, but it shouldn't be that difficult to do (it'll get you used to working with the command line). This should be a good introduction to Java on the Mac.