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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Java

Java can be a complex programming language and a challenge to learn in its entirety, but it is easy to get up and running very quickly using freely available development tools and basic code. Java is one of the most rewarding programming languages I have used, and I’m sure you will agree as you gain experience with the language that it’s worth your investment of time. This chapter will help you get started with Java and will be especially helpful if you have had no prior experience with this language. This chapter explains what you need, where to get it, and how to configure your system to prepare it for building Java-based games. Several Java-enabled development tools will be presented so you can choose the ...

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