Here are the instructions for downloading JDK (Java Development Kit) and the JCreator IDE (Integrated Development Environment). You may prefer to download JDK as a step in the downloading of JCreator. Both of these programs are free.

The JDK bundle, also called the Java SE (Standard Edition) contains among other things, the java compiler (javac) which produces java bytecode. It also contains the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) which executes the bytecode, i.e., runsinterprets the java byte code for your platform

We say that JCreator is a "thin layer" above the JDK. This means that it does not contain the compiler or the interpreter (it points to JDK); but it will enable you to compile, debug and run your programs by chosing menu options. For instance, if you make a compilation error, JCreator displays the error messages in a separate window. When you double click a given error message, JCreator will point to the offending line in your program. This is very helpful, especially for long programs.

Both of these programs are downloaded in zipped form. In order to unzip them you need WINZIP. If you don't have it, download it from http://www.winzip.com/downauto.cgi?winzip80.exe.

DOWNLOADING THE JDK BUNDLE

Again, you may prefer to download JDK as a step in the downloading of JCreator. However, you may be using a different IDE from JCreator and may have to download JDK separately. Here's how:
  1. Go to the javasoft URL:
    http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
  2. Go to : JDK 6 update 16 and click the DOWNLOAD button.. DON'T DOWNLOAD THE JRE (JAVA RUNTIME ENVIRONMENT). IF YOU DO DOWNLOAD IT BY MISTAKE, UNINSTALL IT.
  3. Click the square at the middle of the page to agree to the licensing agreement. On the same page under Select Platform for you download drag down until Windows is selected. Then hit Continue. On the next page under Download Java SE Development Kit 6u16 for Windows. Multi-languageclick the Java SE Development Kit 6u16 box so that a check appears. Then double click the JDK-6u16-Windows-i586-p.exe link. A grey box will open with Save File The system will automatically choose a directory for you for the download, or you may choose your own. On my machine it is saved in My computer/local disk/Program Files/Java. The slash indicates a step in the path of clicking until you get to the Java directory.
  4. After some time the download is complete. Then after closing all applications, go to the Java directory or the one the program setup for you, and click the jdk-1_6_0-win icon. An installation Wizard will appear. Then the wizard will ask you to accept certain conditions. Click accept. Keep on clicking next. Finally a window titled Java SE Development kit 6 update 16 complete appears, click finish. A window asking you to register the JDK will appear. Ignore it.
  5. If at any time you are asked to unzip the jdk, do it.

DOWNLOADING JCreator

  1. On your browser get the URL www.jcreator.com/download.htm. www.jcreator.com/download.htm To the right of JCreator Classics you will see JCreator LE 3.50. Hit the down arrow and select JCreator LE 2.50. Click the download button and the Jcreator zip file will be downloaded by the browser manager.
  2. After some time the download is complete. The WINZIP program will then take over and unzip JCreator. (If not, using the Windows explorer find and then click the JCrea250.zip icon.) Click the Wizard button at the upper right of the Winzip window and click the Next button until the file is unzipped. Then after closing all applications, start the setup program and JCreator will be installed.
  3. After the installation is complete, launch JCreator from the icon that was placed on the desk top.
  4. The first window to appear is File associations. Just click next.
  5. The next window asks for JDK home directory. Browse for the directory and click next.
  6. The final window asks for JDK JavaDoc directory. If you already downloaded the JavaDoc file, browse for it and click finish. Otherwise click finish to continue on without the documentation.
  7. To compile and run a program, use the "Build" menu.

If for some reason, you haven't pointed JCreator to the JDK, do the following:

  1. To point JCreator to the JDK folder, start by clicking Configure/Options/Editor.



    Click JDK Profiles. In the JDK Profiles window, the Default classpath of the selected JDK profile slot must have information in it. If not, click the JDK version 1.3 , JDK version 1.4 or JDK version 1.5 profile at the top of the window. The following screen captures have JDK 1.3 in them. Your's will have JDK 1.5.



    Then click Edit, and in the Classes window click Add and then



    choose Add Path and select the folder containing the JDK documentation,



    and click OK. Then in the Classes window, the JDK directory will appear at the bottom of the list:



    Then click OK and finally, OK in the original window.

DOWNLOADING THE DOCUMENTATION

  1. Go to the URL: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index_jdk5.jsp and click the download button for J2SE 5.0 Documentation towards the bottom of the page.
  2. Agree to the licensing agreement by clicking the ACCEPT button so that a dot appears in it..
  3. Click the box to the left of the J2SE(TM) Documentation ..English version link so that a check appears in it. Then double click this link.
  4. On the next page that appears, repeat the previous step.
  5. Choose a directory for the download to be stored.
  6. After the download is complete, unzip the file by clicking the Wizard button at the upper right of the UNZIP window.
  7. To have JCreator point to the Java docs, go to Configure/options/Editor. Click JDK Profiles. In the JDK Profiles window, the Default classpath of the selected JDK profile slot mut have information in it. If not, click the JDK version 1.3, JDK version 1.4 or JDK version 1.5 profile at the top of the window.



    Then click Edit, and then the Documentation tab. In the Documentation window click Add and then choose Add Path and select the folder containing the JDK documentation, and finally hit OK. Finally click the OK buttons until all the windows are closed.
  8. You will then be able to access the documentation supplied by Sun by going to the Help menu in JCreator.


Samuel Marateck
Aug 31 EDT 2001, revised Sept 8 2006