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Introduction to Spring 5, Spring Boot, and Spring REST: Lab Setup Instructions (Windows OS - Java 17, 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.

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 - 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.

Install 7-zip 

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 17

  • Note that any JDK 17 version should work fine. Other close Java versions should be fine also (e.g. Java 16 or 18) but have not been tested.
  • We will use the adoptium.net download. This is the OpenJDK distribution that is managed by the Eclipse Foundation.
    • We've found this to be very reliable, easy to install/use, and with no restrictive licensing terms.
  • Try the Direct link first: 
  • If you have problems with the direct link, go to https://adoptium.net/releases.html
    • Select the Temurin 17 (LTS) radio button
    • In the dropdowns, select the Windows Operating System and the Architecture (generally 64 bit)
    • Click the link to download the ".msi" file
    • Save the file where you can easily get to it
  • You should have a file with a name like OpenJDK17U-jdk_x64_windows_hotspot_17.0.4.1_1.msi (the minor version number, 17.n.n_nn may be different).
  • Run the installer (right click on the install file, select Install)
    • Click Next on the Welcome dialog,
    • In the Custom Setup dialog make sure that Set Java_HOME variable is enabled (click its drop down, and select  "Will be installed on local hard drive")
    • Click Next through all the dialogs, and click Install in the last dialog.
    • This will install the JDK in a folder like C:\Program Files\Eclipse Adoptium\jdk-
      • If this location is problematic because of your environment, it can be changed. The installer should consistently set the path and JAVA_HOME for you.
  • Check the following environment variables to make sure they are set properly

    • JAVA_HOME:
      • Open a command prompt, and execute the following
        • echo %JAVA_HOME%
      • It should give a value like C:\Program Files\Eclipse Adoptium\jdk- (for the default install location).
      • If not, something has gone wrong with the install.
    • Path:
      • Open a command prompt, and execute the following
        • echo %path%
      • You should see something like C:\Program Files\Eclipse Adoptium\jdk-\bin at the beginning of the path.
  • Open a terminal prompt, type the below, and press Enter

    javac -version

  • You should get a message similar to the below. If the command is not found, you did something wrong.
    • javac 17.0.4
  • Close the terminal prompt. You’re done installing Java

Install Eclipse 2021-12 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

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-9.0.56.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.