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Old May 31, 2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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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.
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Old May 31, 2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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Old May 31, 2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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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.
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Old Jun 1, 2011, 12:18 AM   #4
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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.
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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.
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Old Jun 5, 2011, 03:27 PM   #5
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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/tex...r/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.
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