Java on mac

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by sge12, May 31, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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
     
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    unkn0wnsoldier

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    jiminaus

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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.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    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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    pikester

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    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.
     

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