New to Java programming

Posted on 2003-11-01
Last Modified: 2010-03-31

I am a new java programmer, i would like to ask the following questions:

1. Say if i wanted to use x.class for some of its methods, how do i let my program "know" that i want to use methods from x.class?

2. Could anyone recommend a good Java IDE?

I would greatly appreciate any help on the above. Thanks.
Question by:samsungfanatic
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jimmack earned 40 total points
ID: 9664346
If you have a class called MyClass, you create an "instance" of it (an object) like this:

MyClass myObject = new MyClass();

If the MyClass has a method called "getName()", you tell the object you created to get the name like this:

String theName = myObject.getName();

The class would look like this:

public class MyClass
    private String name;

    public MyClass()
        name = "example";

    public String getName()
        return (name);

Java IDE's.  Try:

Good luck ;-)
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Expert Comment

ID: 9664350
Next level of complexity ;-)

Classes are usually created inside "packages".  A package is a logical collection of related classes.  eg. The package java.awt contains all the main abstract windowing toolkit classes like Frames, Windows, Buttons etc.

If you want your class to be able to access a Button, you "import" the class into your .java file:

import java.awt.Button;

public class MyClass2
    private Button myButton;

Expert Comment

ID: 9669716
For your IDE question:

however, i suggest that you use notepad since you are new to Java, this will help you to learn this language.. personally, i've only try JBuilder and i find it quite good, but i'm still prefer to write in notepad ;p


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ID: 9669724
Afterall, jimmack has already answer your question clearly and i think you should accept his comment as answer :p

Good day
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ID: 9670059
Thanx ;-)

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