What is an IDE? How do I install one?

IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment.

In this tutorial I will cover installing the Java JDK and how to setup Eclipse, a free and powerful IDE made by IBM.

So what is an Integrated Development Environment?

An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software suite that consolidates basic tools required to write and test software.

The main goal of an IDE is to maximize programmer productivity. Because developers use numerous tools throughout software code creation, building and testing, an IDE makes it very easy to do everything in one place.

An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, build automation tools, and a debugger. Most modern IDEs also have intelligent code completion.

Lets install Eclipse, a free and powerfull IDE!

Requirements to install:

  • JAVA 7+ JDK (download from ORACLE here)
  • If you need help on how to install the JDK after downloading, visit my tutorial here

Here we go:
  • Download Eclipse: Eclipse.org
  • Run the downloaded application
  • Choose the option: "Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers"

  • When prompted, click the "INSTALL" button. You can leave all the defaults checked (including the installation folder)

  • Click "Accept Now" on the next window, agreeing to the Software User Agreement
  • The next prompt will ask you to "Accept" the licenses (keep the "Remember accepted licenses" checkbox is checked)
  • Now choose where you want your work saved. I would leave it at the default settings.

Congrats! You just installed the Eclipse IDE

Follow along in my other tutorials as I use Eclipse to develope software and teach others how to code.