Tools we will be using
We will be using Eclipse and Java to introduce Agile. The Eclipse Integrated Development Environment(IDE), requires the Java Development Kit (JDK) to compile Java applications. We will use additional plugins and or libraries with Eclipse and will install those later in the course. A working Eclipse and a Java Development Kit (JDK) are required to participate in the course. You can read through the following sections or go straight to checking and installing what your current system may have available. Using the links below we will install the Java JDK and the Kepler version of Eclipse. Two simple steps below are all that is needed to compile, test and build applications, less than 10 minutes if you have a reasonable computer and have already downloaded the files.
- Install the Java JDK . It is very unlikely that you have the JDK installed on your computer and it is ok to have multiple versions installed. We are using JDK7 update 67.
- Install Eclipse Kepler
The latest version of Eclipse is Luna, and the latest version of the Java JDK is 8. We will not be using these versions due to compatibility issues with the tooling. If you do have the latest versions, the earlier versions can also be installed. You do not need to remove the latest versions.
Creating your Environment
Verify that you have Java installed, JDK 7. Please note a JDK is not a JRE. The JDK includes a compiler and the JRE. The JRE is a VM for the runtime environment. You can build Java applications with the JDK and run java applications with the JRE. To verify Java on Windows go to the control panel and see if you can see a Java Icon. The version information is under the advanced tab. On a Mac put Java preferences into Spotlight and launch that application to see what versions you have. The javac command should work in a terminal window. You can also enter javac into spotlight and see if is found.
Windows Pre Requisites
- At least 2 GB of memory
- Windows 7 or 8 running a 32/64 bit OS (XP might work)
Windows Install Java
You can install the following version of the JDK on your machine. Take all the defaults by clicking Next and on the last screen click Close. You are done with the installation of the JDK.
For 64 bit operating systems: jdk-7u67-windows-x64.exe
For 32 bit operating systems: jdk-7u67-windows-i586.exe
You can verify Java was installed by going to
- Go to Control Panel
- Click the Java Icon and then click About on the General Tab
- You should see a Dialog box with Java Standard edition and the version should be Version 7 Update 67
Windows Install Eclipse
We will be using the Eclipse Kepler Release(SR2), Eclipse IDE for Java Developers
Download the 64 bit version if you have a 64 bit OS, or else download a 32 bit version. Eclipse is a zip file install. They don’t make an installer. Unzip it to your favorite location, or use the preferred location for this course C:\eclipse, assuming the root drive of your system is C:. After it is installed navigate to the directory in which it is installed and right click on the Eclipse program icon and pin it to your start menu or your task bar depending on your preferences. You want to run the eclipse.exe file.
You will need to be running a recent version of OS/X, 10.6 or above and have at least 2GB of memory, preferably 4GB. If your Mac doesn’t have the Java Development Kit, you can install it using the file below. After the JDK is installed, install Eclipse by downloading the tar file below. You can unzip and put the file in Applications and then drag the Eclipse Icon to your desktop.