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Java - Where to start?

Okay.. so I'm new to the world of Java.  I'm confused between all the Java downloads available, IDEs, etc.
Can I get some insight on what I will want to use based off what I want to do?

I want to create a web application (or maybe applet?)
This will need to be accessible from a linux apache website.

I would like a nice IDE that will give me a the ability to drag and drop controls onto my application ( like Visual Studio )
This java application will need to access a MySQL server on the backend and also will need to allow for a file upload ( excel file ) for parsing methods.

Can someone please provide me help on what are my best options.
I would prefer download links etc to help me get started.

Thanks.
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yewnix
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ValeriCommented:
Eclipse is the best IDE for you. I personaly use another IDE because I have to. Eclipse is free and very very good.
You can start from here. Instead of Derby you can use MySQL!
http://www.eclipse.org/articles/article.php?file=Article-EclipseDbWebapps/index.html
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yewnixAuthor Commented:
Is there any addition insight you might be able to provide me?
Would it be best to make it an applet? If not, what would be the best way to do this?
I'll need the user to upload an excel file for processing in which will be checked against a database, a couple files created and checked, etc.
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ManishLeadCommented:
http://commons.apache.org/fileupload/  for file upload .

What do you have for server?
http://tomcat.apache.org/

Eclipse and MySql is already provided.
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ProgSysAdminCommented:
Applets are used to run small applications and they have restrictions.  Java application does not have these restrictions.  If you need to access the application on the web then I would choose the web application.  If not, then I would choose creating a Java Application.  I have been using Struts 1.x framework which uses jsp for the front end and you could use MySql and Excel JDBC drivers for the backend.  I'm not sure how you want the user to interact with this application.
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