Introduction to Spring 5 (2022): Lab Setup Instructions (Windows OS - Java 11, Eclipse, Tomcat 9)
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 11 (11.0.16)
- Note that any JDK 11 version should work fine. Other close (later) Java versions (e.g. Java 12 or 13) should be fine also, but have not been tested.
- From https://www.oracle.com/java/technologies/javase/jdk11-archive-downloads.html download the installer file for your OS
- File name is something like: jdk-11.0.16_windows-x64_bin.exe
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
- Right click My Computer and choose Properties > click the Advanced tab > click the Environment Variables button
- In the bottom half of the dialog, click New to add a new System variable
- Variable name: JAVA_HOME (this is case-sensitive)
- Variable value: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk-11.0.16 (or adjust to the actual path where you installed the JDK – please double-check this path – probably best to copy and paste it
- Click OK
- Find this existing entry in the bottom half of the Environment Variables button, and click Edit
- Click in the Variable value field and move your cursor all the way to the left (pressing Home on your keyboard should do this quickly for you)
- Check whether the value below is already present, or add it at the beginning if necessary (make sure you get all of this, including the trailing semicolon, with no spaces):
- Click OK repeatedly (likely in 3 different dialogs) until all the dialogs close.
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 2021-06 for Enterprise Java Developers (Windows OS - 64 bit only)
- Later or earlier editions should work fine. NOTE: You need at lease the 2018-12 edition for full Java 11 support, so don’t use an earlier one if using Java 11.
- 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