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Introduction to Spring 5: Lab Setup Instructions (Mac OS - Java 8, Eclipse, Tomcat 9.0)

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: One of the following.
    • Mac OS: Any relatively recent version - lab instructions are generally geared for Windows users, but Mac users should be able to adapt fairly easily. If shell scripts are provided for labs, they generally are provided in both Windows and *nix variants.
    • Linux: The labs should run under Linux, but we do not test under Linux, nor directly support it. If you have problems or questions, feel free to reach out, and we’ll do our best to help.
  • Recommended: Internet access
  • Recommended: Class machines networked together - allows students to access a shared network directory.
  • 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. the student’s home directory )
  • If using folder other than the student’s home directory, 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 271

  • Note that any relatively recent JDK1.8 version is fine.

  • From http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html download the installer file
    • Mac OS: xxx-macosx-x64.dmg
  • Run the installer and take all defaults.

  • Create or modify environment variables. This will add an environment variable JAVA_HOME, and modify your path to include the jdk bin folder
    • Done by modifying .bash_profile in the user’s home folder
      • Open ~/.bash_profile for editing (Make a copy first - .bash_profile.ORIG)
      • Insert the following lines into the file:

        export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home)

        export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

  • 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 Oxygen

(Version 4.7.3a or similar)

  • Download: From http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-ide-java-ee-developers/oxygen3a, download the installer file for your OS

    NOTE: Look for the Download Links section in the page. Do NOT use the big Download button.

    • Mac OS: xxx-macosx-cocoa-x86_64.dmg
  • Execute the installer

    • Execute the installer, and install to Applications folder as usual

  • Test
    • Run the program (run from Applications folder unless you did a different kind of install)
    • Accept the default workspace, and let it load
    • Quit Eclipse
    • Security alert Note: If you get an alert that you can’t open Eclipse because it’s from an unidentified developer, then dismiss the alert (OK), and do the following.
      • Hold the Control key when you click on the icon for Eclipse
      • Choose Open from the shortcut menu
      • Click Open in the subsequent dialog window
      • This will save the security exception and permit opening in the future.

  • That’s it. You’re done installing Eclipse

Install Tomcat 9.0

  • Download: From https://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi go to the Binary distributions section for Tomcat 9.0 and download the zip file
    • Go to the link with label zip: in the section labeled Core:
    • The filename will be something like apache-tomcat-9.0.35.zip
    • Save the file where you can access it easily

  • Extract: Extract the zip file where students can access and run it easily.
    • Windows OS: Common location is C:\
    • Mac OS: Common location is user home directory.

  • That’s all that needs to be done to install Tomcat.