Gentle Java™ and OO Development: Lab Setup Instructions (Windows OS: Java 8 and Eclipse)
Below are the standard requirements for this course. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us.
Important Note: Student lab files are required on each computer used for the course. The links for these are not in this lab setup, and you should receive them separately.
- It’s a good idea to keep downloaded software install files on the machines during the class in case of problems that require a re-install.
- Cloning a setup is generally not a problem. If it is, we’ll mention it in the software section (for example, much of the IBM/RAD-WAS software can be problematic in this regard).
Hardware and classroom setup.
Each student and the instructor shall have a workstation that fulfills the listed requirements.
- Required: Intel-compatible processor (with reasonably recent hardware).
- Memory: 8GB min recommended
- Disk Space: Free disk space for software installs (generally minimum 2GB)
- Operating System: Windows OS (Any modern version - e.g. Windows 10. - labs have not been tested on Windows 8 variants)
- Required: Zip utility. A good free one is 7-zip
- Required: Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Required: One of Firefox browser (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/) or Chrome browser (https://www.google.com/chrome/). Edge browser is not sufficient.
- Recommended: Internet access
- Recommended: Class machines networked together - allows students to access a shared network directory.
We’ve found that there are sometimes problems using the built in Windows archive/zip utility. This generally has to do with long path lengths that it can’t handle. Use 7-zip to extract the labs and any software zips which we’ve found very reliable.
- Can try direct download link for 64-bit install: https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.exe
- If that doesn’t work, go to home page https://www.7-zip.org
- Near the top of the page, find the download link for your bitness (probably 64 bit), and download the installer.
- Execute the installer, and take all the defaults.
- You can now extract zip files by right clicking on them, and selecting 7-Zip | Extract ...
Lab Files: Each student and instructor must have lab files installed (links to these files are generally sent separately via e-mail).
- Extract the lab files to a location conveniently accessible to the student (e.g. C:\ )
- Recommend using utility like 7-zip, not Windows built-in extractor.
- If using folder other than C:\, make sure that students know where they are.
Other instructor requirements for the classroom
- Projector or large screen TV capable of 1280x800 or higher resolution. Instructor must be able to use this to project slides.
- Whiteboard (preferred) or flip charts with markers.
Install Java Development Kit – JDK 1.8 Update 341
- Note that any relatively recent JDK1.8 version is fine.
- Note that you'll need a free Oracle logon to download the JDK.
- From https://www.oracle.com/java/technologies/javase/javase8u211-later-archive-downloads.html find the latest Java 8 release installer file for your OS
- Windows 64 bit: e.g. jdk-8u341-windows-x64.exe (Almost certainly this is the one you want. 32-bit Windows OS installs are now rare).
- Click the link for the installer file, accept the license agreement, enter your login credentials, and download the installer.
Run the installer and take all defaults.
- Create or modify environment variables as appropriate for your OS. This will add an environment variable JAVA_HOME, and modify your path to include the jdk bin folder
Open a terminal prompt type the below, and press Enter
You should get a message that tells you the version. If the command is not found, you did something wrong.
- Close the terminal prompt. You’re done installing Java
Install Eclipse Oxygen
(Version 4.7.3a or similar)
- Download: Try the below direct link for the 64 bit Windows version first. It should start the download of the install file if it works.
- If the above works, you’re done with the download, and can continue with the Extract below
- If the above does not work, continue with these download instructions
- Go to http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-ide-java-ee-developers/oxygen3a, and download the installer file for your OS
NOTE: Look for the Download Links section in the page. Do NOT use the big Download button.
NOTE: Make sure the bitness (e.g. 64 bit) matches the bitness of your JDK. Mixing them will fail.
- Windows 64 bit: xxx-windows-x64.exe
- Windows 32 bit: xxx-win32-x86_64.zip
- Windows: Unzip the file - Can extract to C:\, or other location convenient to student (as long as they know it, and can access it)
- Execute the program (double click on the eclipse.exe executable, or a shortcut for it)
- Accept the default workspace, and let it load
- Quit Eclipse
- That’s it. You’re done installing Eclipse