Java on mac

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2010
    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
  2. macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2009
    Fountain, Co
  3. macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2010
    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

    Oct 19, 2007
    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.
  5. macrumors newbie


    Feb 27, 2009
    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):

    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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