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Setting up a Java Development Environment

by Sander Mak

Getting started with Java from scratch can be perceived as challenging for beginners. But you've come to the right place! In this hands-on course, we'll go through all steps required to install a fully working Java development environment.

What you'll learn

To develop Java applications you need the right tools installed. In this course, Setting up a Java Development Environment, you will go through all the steps necessary to set up a fully functioning Java development environment. First, you will learn how to install and use the Java Development Kit, which is required to compile and run Java code. Next, you will see how an IDE like IntelliJ makes Java development more productive. Last, you will explore how to package Java applications into JAR files for wider distribution. After finishing this course, you will have a working Java development environment, so you can start your Java learning journey.

About the author

Sander is Director of Technology at Picnic —the Dutch online grocery scale-up— building Java-based systems at scale. He also is a Java Champion and author of the O'Reilly book 'Java 9 Modularity' (see As an avid conference speaker, Sander loves sharing knowledge, also through his blog at and as Pluralsight instructor.

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