Core Java for Android Development - getting started tools 2


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To answer the question of how to create applications in Java, it is important to
note what tools to use to write the application.

These tools include the Java development kit (abbreviated as JDK)
you will also need a development environment.
development environments are often of two kinds

the integrated development environment offers so much flexibility and features through integrated plugins that helps in software development.

most IDEs comes with embedded compilers and sometimes a development kit
other features like code completion, syntax highlighting, software builds
as you will soon see.
there's an exhaustive list of IDEs out there, few examples are Netbeans, intellij Idea, Android Studio and Vistual Studio.

Text editors are the second kind of development environment
while text editors may only be limited to features like syntax highlighting and code completion, it still provides a great environment for development of java applications. examples of text editors are Visual studio code or VsCode, notepad++, sublime text, brackets and lots more out there

to download the jdk you can search for jdk download link in your web browser
look for the result with oracle download link and click

click on the jdk archive link

in this page look for the version of Jdk you want and click on it
it might interest you to know that version 8 is still the most recent version supported for android development of which is the purpose for this course, so I will go ahead to download jdk 8

find the right distribution of the jdk for your operating system and click to download, you will need to be signed in to the oracle website before you can download the jdk

so I have downloaded the jdk, proceed to install jdk on your computer.
follow all the necessary steps to install the software on your computer

so the installation is complete, but there is still one more thing to do,
setting up the environment variable. this setup registers the java installation to the path variable of your computer.

to do that, open your windows explorer if you're on windows
right click on this pc if you're on windows 10 pro
click on properties
click on advanced system settings
in the system properties dialog click environment variables
in the system variables section locate path variable, click on it, edit
now locate the java installation directory
for me it's installed in the program files
open the bin directory in the jdk directory
copy the address from the address box
head on to the environment variable dialog
create a new record and paste the copied address
click ok
click ok
click ok

to test if this set up is correct, search and open command prompt
type in java -version
that's it, java is all set up

next head on to your web browser
search for intellij idea download
click on the link by jetbrains
download the community edition or ultimate if you have the finances to pay for the extra idea features otherwise the community edition is OK for this course.
install intellij and that's all you need to do

in the next video we take a look at a sample java program. see you in the next
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