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Intermediate/Advanced Java (Java 11+): Lab Setup Instructions (Windows OS: Java 11 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.

Other notes:

  • 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 - Windows 7, 10, etc. - labs have not been tested on Windows 8 variants)
  • Recommended: Internet access
  • Recommended: Class machines networked together - allows students to access a shared network directory.
  • Required: Zip utility. A good free one is 7-zip
  • Required: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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:\ )
  • 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 (11.0.8)

  • 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/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk11-downloads-5066655.html download the installer file for your OS
    • File name is something like: jdk-11.0.8_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
    • JAVA_HOME:
      • 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-11.0.8 (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
    • Path:
      • 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

    javac -version

  • 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 2020-03 (or later) 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.
  • Download:
  • Extract:
    • Unzip the file - Can extract to C:\, or other location convenient to student (as long as they know it, and can access it)
  • Test
    • 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