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I am very newbie on linux and java. Actually I am a .net programmer. I have been coding .net for 8 years. However I realized that I should learn java and linux. How can i start it ? Which is the best linux distro for java programming ? And also I want to know what the name of the best java ide on running linux. I wonder your opinion.
personally i think any distro would work great for it. the biggist thing is to find one that you fill comfortable with. i have found and like ubuntu as my main distro and operating system. as for ide i just use emacs myself never really liked ide's, but a friend of mine took a java class an used Eclipse in the class(but the class used windows xp as an operating system).
Then how do you use gcj and maybe ant in general? Three to five years ago I had trouble with gcj. I also prefer emacs for everything but am having certain trouble with it lately.
As mentioned in the previous response, netbeans is the best IDE. But i use Vi editor because i find i got used to it, and since you are saying that you are new to linux, ubuntu is much preferred by most newbie's of linux because it more user friendly than other linux platforms. i did a google search for you on how to use ant to build the programs in netbeans,
I am not the original poster; I have used Slackware since '97... I just thought it would be fun to use emacs to use ant to use gcj someday. I would not be surprised if Netbeans already uses ant: Netbeans uses some kind of make process... but thanks for the response, maybe someone that likes Netbeans (even me, I admit) will get some help from it.
I just write ant build file manually and use it from eshell. I could streamline the process a bit but it works for me so far.
I don't have complicated Java assignments yet the setup works so far.
I was going to use JDEE but for some reason it ceased to work so I'm using 'plain' emacs with my java.
Thank you for your reply. I decided to use ubuntu and Netbeans 6.5.1. However there is a bug about installing netbeans 6.5 on ubuntu with gnome desktop. Is there anybody who could install netbeans on ubuntu without error ? By the way, I know that I can install netbeans 6.1 from synaptic, but I want to install the latest version.
if it is a problem with gnome desktop you can try kubuntu or xubuntu... kubuntu uses kde desktop and xubuntu uses xfce desktop...
also the new version of ubuntu xubuntu and kubuntu has just been released today
I never install the netbeans package from the repositories. As a rule it works fine enough, it is just that it makes the integration with mysql, tomcat and glassfish a little too secure for everyday coding purposes. Instead, I use the full netbeans pack from the netbeans site. Right now, I have 6.5.1 on Ubuntu and it is running fine so it is not clear what kind of bug you are referring to.
Linux has several different "flavors" of desktop software, from which you can pick and choose. (The classics are "KDE" and "gnome" but there are others.) This can present various issues for various programs, and this is in no wise limited to Java.
Nevertheless, you ought to be able to rely upon the distro-packagers to have worked out the details for you. If one packaging features a certain desktop, the package should also include (only) the versions of other packages that are properly prepared to work well with that desktop. Package names ought to reflect that, and since they will be different, you might have to "hunt around" a little bit.