Java: IDE Overview

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  • Course details

    If you want to develop applications with Java, you need a powerful IDE. IDEs or integrated development environments help you streamline the time spent on programming and reduce the amount of bugs in your code. This course provides an overview of today's most popular IDEs, including NetBeans, IntelliJ, BlueJ, Eclipse, and JDeveloper. Peggy Fisher discusses the pros, cons, and costs of each option, as well as installation tips and time-saving shortcuts. In each environment, she walks through the workflow for creating and debugging a simple Java program. Challenges along the way allow you to practice with each IDE, using all the features discussed in the course.


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      Peggy Fisher

      Lecturer at Penn State University

      Peggy Fisher is a programmer and content manager at LinkedIn Learning.

      Peggy's main focus is application programming in Java, Arduino, and C++. She has also worked on courses in COBOL and discrete ,athematics. Previously she was a faculty member at Penn State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology. She started out as a programmer working for a large insurance company, but after 18 years she left her job as a director of information technology to pursue her true passion teaching. She earned a master's degree in math education, and went on to teach high school math and computer science in Pennsylvania. In 2012, Peggy accepted a position as an instructional designer at Penn State, and shortly thereafter began teaching Intro to Application Programming with Java. She is a strong supporter of women in STEM. As one of the few female programming teachers, she serves as a mentor to incoming female freshmen who are considering a career in programming. She was also the K–12 outreach coordinator for the college, where she scheduled, ran, and taught summer camps for middle school and high school students. In a PBS NewsHour interview, she expressed that all students should take at least one programming class either in high school or college. Peggy enjoys constantly learning and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology to life in and outside of the classroom, such as using Arduino microcontrollers or Lego Mindstorms, to help make learning hands-on and fun.

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  • Welcome

    - [Voiceover] So you wanna do some programming in Java, but there are so many options for integrated development environments you don't know which one to choose. The good news is that they are interoperable in the main functions of coding, auto completion, debugging, etc, are very similar from one to the other. So if you choose one IDE today you can easily switch to another IDE tomorrow or next week or next year. You get the idea. For this series I have chosen a few of the more popular IDEs to demonstrate the process of downloading, installing, and running programs on each. At the end I will also review a few of the text editors that can also be used to code in Java but they require a little more work to compile and run. Along the way you'll be challenged with writing programs that include all of the features we'll be discussing. So I'm Peggy Fisher and let's get started on our adventure to learn about IDEs for Java.

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