I'd already downloaded the JDK/Netbeans package so I installed it once I decided I was going to do this project thismorning. I didn't get very far with NetBeans - it's horribly slow. I downloaded JCreator instead and it's much better.
This is the first major project that I've done in Java, though I've messed around with the language before. I'm always really impressed by it. It just seems so clean compared to C++, though there is a definate pleasure to be had from C++'s intricacies.
Anyway, I don't think this small IRC thing is going to take me too long. I just want to make a server that I can log onto with some standard IRC client and be able to chat on.