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Installing Eclipse on Mac OS X

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Video: Installing Eclipse on Mac OS X

Once you have checked your version of Java on Mac OS X, you are ready to install Eclipse, the IDE I'll be using throughout this course. Go to the webpage, www.eclipse.org/downloads. You'll see a number of distributions of Eclipse are listed. There is the one at the top for Java Developers, that's the one I'll be using, but there are many others available. You'll need to install the version of Eclipse for your copy of Mac OS X, either 32 or 64-bit. If you are not sure which version of Mac you're using, go to the Apple Menu and choose About This Mac.

Installing Eclipse on Mac OS X

Once you have checked your version of Java on Mac OS X, you are ready to install Eclipse, the IDE I'll be using throughout this course. Go to the webpage, www.eclipse.org/downloads. You'll see a number of distributions of Eclipse are listed. There is the one at the top for Java Developers, that's the one I'll be using, but there are many others available. You'll need to install the version of Eclipse for your copy of Mac OS X, either 32 or 64-bit. If you are not sure which version of Mac you're using, go to the Apple Menu and choose About This Mac.

On this dialog, click on More Info. That opens the System Profiler Application. Now, scroll down in the left hand panel and click on Software. Check the Property 64-bit Kernel and Extensions. If it says Yes, then you're running 64-bit Mac. If it says No, then you're running 32- bit Mac, and that's the version of Eclipse you'll want to download. I'll click into Mac OS X 64-bit. The file is delivered to you as a compressed archive, with the file extension of tar.gz.

Now, I've already downloaded that file to my Desktop, and to install Eclipse there are just two steps. First, extract the file. If you don't have any special archive utilities installed on your system, you can extract this file simply by double clicking it. Mac will unarchive the file and place the resulting folder on your Desktop. The name of the resulting folder is simply eclipse. I'll double click into the folder and show you that it contains the Eclipse application, that's the version that has an uppercase initial character, and the graphic, and all of Eclipse's supporting files.

Now, technically, you've already installed the application and you could start using it, but I prefer to put Eclipse where all of the other applications are on my Mac, in the Applications folder. So I'll click on the background and then press Command+N, that opens a new Finder window, and I'll see that Applications is here in my Sidebar. If you don't see Applications in your Sidebar, just open up that folder. Then, I'll click on the Eclipse folder and drag and drop it on to the Applications folder. Then to get to Eclipse, I'll go to Applications, I'll scroll down to the Es, there it is, I'll click the eclipse folder, and then double click the Eclipse application.

If I am prompted to make sure I want to open a downloaded application, I'll click Open. When Eclipse opens for the first time, it will ask you where it wants to put something called a workspace. I'll describe how workspaces work later, but for now, just accept the default, which will be Documents/workspace under your Home folder, and click OK. It will take a few more moments for Eclipse to load up all of its tools and then it will open to this Welcome Screen. Close the Welcome Screen and you'll be in the Java Development Environment.

If you have gotten this far, you are ready to start writing code in Java. And in the next chapter, I'll show you how to write a Hello World application and show you what basic Java syntax looks like.

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  1. 10m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Is this course for you?
      5m 35s
    3. Using the exercise files
      3m 30s
  2. 31m 24s
    1. The history of Java
      5m 19s
    2. Java compilation and syntax
      8m 54s
    3. Understanding the principles of Java
      8m 28s
    4. Choosing a development environment
      8m 43s
  3. 19m 5s
    1. Installing Java on Windows
      6m 42s
    2. Installing Eclipse on Windows
      3m 19s
    3. Exploring Java on Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard
      2m 27s
    4. Installing Java on Mac OS X Lion
      3m 27s
    5. Installing Eclipse on Mac OS X
      3m 10s
  4. 46m 10s
    1. Creating a Hello World application
      11m 7s
    2. Exploring the Eclipse IDE
      8m 55s
    3. Compiling and running from the command line
      8m 2s
    4. Passing arguments to the application
      8m 17s
    5. Using the Java API documentation
      4m 5s
    6. Memory management and garbage collection
      5m 44s
  5. 58m 57s
    1. Everything is an object
      5m 59s
    2. Declaring and initializing variables
      9m 15s
    3. Working with numbers
      8m 32s
    4. Converting numeric values
      6m 40s
    5. Understanding operators
      7m 58s
    6. Working with character values
      5m 14s
    7. Working with boolean values
      5m 13s
    8. Outputting primitive values as strings
      5m 33s
    9. Creating a simple calculator application
      4m 33s
  6. 53m 40s
    1. Writing conditional code
      5m 35s
    2. Using the switch statement
      8m 50s
    3. Repeating code blocks with loops
      7m 35s
    4. Creating reusable code with methods
      6m 31s
    5. Declaring methods with arguments
      5m 41s
    6. Overloading method names with different signatures
      5m 53s
    7. Passing arguments by reference or by value
      5m 35s
    8. Creating a more complex calculator application
      8m 0s
  7. 20m 30s
    1. Using the String class
      5m 44s
    2. Building strings with StringBuilder
      3m 34s
    3. Parsing string values
      3m 19s
    4. Working with date values
      7m 53s
  8. 20m 44s
    1. Understanding compile-time vs. runtime errors
      4m 5s
    2. Handling exceptions with try/catch
      4m 55s
    3. Throwing exceptions in methods
      2m 50s
    4. Using the debugger
      8m 54s
  9. 32m 22s
    1. Using simple arrays
      4m 47s
    2. Using two-dimensional arrays
      6m 17s
    3. Managing resizable arrays with ArrayList
      7m 14s
    4. Managing unordered data with HashMap
      6m 5s
    5. Looping through collections with iterators
      7m 59s
  10. 52m 2s
    1. Understanding encapsulation
      5m 59s
    2. Creating and instantiating custom classes
      8m 8s
    3. Organizing classes with packages
      6m 47s
    4. Creating and using instance methods
      6m 52s
    5. Storing data in instance variables
      6m 56s
    6. Using constructor methods
      5m 40s
    7. Managing instance data with getter and setter methods
      8m 26s
    8. Using class variables and Enum classes
      3m 14s
  11. 41m 15s
    1. Understanding inheritance and polymorphism
      9m 12s
    2. Extending custom classes
      9m 1s
    3. Overriding superclass methods
      3m 8s
    4. Casting subclass objects
      5m 3s
    5. Understanding interfaces and implementing classes
      4m 2s
    6. Creating your own interfaces
      4m 14s
    7. Using abstract classes and methods
      6m 35s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Managing files with the core class library
      7m 46s
    2. Managing files with Apache Commons FileUtils
      7m 32s
    3. Reading a text file from a networked resource
      7m 52s
    4. Parsing an XML file with DOM
      9m 7s
  13. 17m 39s
    1. Creating your own JAR files
      4m 54s
    2. Understanding the classpath
      5m 2s
    3. Documenting code with Javadoc
      7m 43s
  14. 47s
    1. Goodbye
      47s

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