Java Development Kit

Suite of tools for properly building apps in the popular format

5.6

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  • Category Java
  • Program license Free (GPL)
  • Version 12.0.2
  • Size 195.72 MB
  • Works under: Windows Vista / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows XP / Windows 7
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Oracle

Known as the leading development kit for Java, the programming language, the Java Development Kit, or JDK for short, is the official development package. This is also one your most popular development environments that you can code in Java. When it comes to programming in a computer language, it does not take a rocket scientist with tons of resources. You just need to understand syntax and have a text editor handy. After that, it is simple. All you have to do is know what you want to create, and the compiler will act as the translator of your code.

A leading coding language, Java has a broad spectrum of valuable uses like video game design, mobile apps and desktop apps. JDK includes the graphical IDE, which is similar to Eclipse. Nevertheless, it will require a separate installation. The Java Development Kit offers a wide range of practical tools like javac. You also have javap, and jdb, which works as the debugger of the system. You can find all these invaluable tools in the subdirectory bin of the Java Development Kit. You can find a lot of uses with the tools that you are given, and because of that there's a lot of flexibility for the advanced to expert programmers.

The biggest problem is how those with little to no experience with Java coding will find that the Java Development Kit is not of much use because it has incredible complexity. While the system does have example codes and a few demos, it does not give you enough. If you are a novice coder, you may find the kit is similar to tying a cinder block to your foot and jumping into the deepest part of the ocean. It is too hard, and there are more welcoming ways to introduce yourself to Java.

On the other hand, a seasoned programmer in the Java language will find that the Java Development Kit offers up a lot of flexibility, and it has become an essential tool for coding. Developed by Sun Microsystems, the Java Development Kit can debug, compile and run the applications that you have written. You have related class libraries that are brought into a single JAR file, and the tool can also manage your JAR files.

With the javadoc, you have a documentation generator that will automatically generate your documentation using the source code. It displays your process information, and it has multiple components that will help. JDK also has the complete Java Runtime Environment. That means that all your Java Virtual Machine and class libraries will be present with additional libraries that you can make use of. What's more, a lot of improvements have been made in this version to make it a better choice than ever before.

Pros

  • Features Examples and Demos That Can Be Useful to the Expert
  • Simple Navigation of the Interface
  • A Ton of Documentation

Cons

  • Not Friendly to First-Time Java Coders
  • You Have to Download the Graphical Environment Separately
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