The Java™ Tutorials

Trail: Getting Started

This trail provides everything you'll need to know about getting started with the Java programming language.

Trail icon The Java Technology Phenomenon Provides an overview of Java technology as a whole. It discusses both the Java programming language and platform, providing a broad overview of what this technology can do and how it will make your life easier.

Trail icon The "Hello World!" Application This hands-on approach describes what to download, what to install, and what to type, for creating a simple "Hello World!" application. It provides separate instructions for the NetBeans™ integrated development environment (NetBeans IDE), Microsoft Windows, Solaris™ Operating System (Solaris OS), Linux, and Mac users.

Trail icon A Closer Look at "Hello World!" Discusses the "Hello World!" application, describing each section of code in detail. It covers source code comments, the HelloWorldApp class definition block, and the main method.

Trail icon Common Problems (and Their Solutions) This is the place to go if you have trouble compiling or running the programs in this trail.

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