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  1. The book I am thinking about buying to learn how to program in Java advises the reader to avoid using any IDE such as NetBeans or Eclipse. Instead, it recommends the use of a simple code editor such as TextPad or Notepad++. It says IDEs, while they make programming easier and more efficient, don't allow the beginning programmer to learn as much. Do you agree with this?    Book link:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ivor-hortons-beginning-java-ivor-horton/1102164532?ean=9780470404140
  2. What book would you recommend for a beginner?

      Okay this looks pretty good. However, what worries me is that this looks like an old lecture. Shouldn't I be looking for the newest lessons/tutorial possible so new features of Java in JDK7 aren't left out? 
  3. Is Java needed in order to run applications created in Java?

      I've done a decent amount of reseach so I am starting to understand these things. Correct me if I'm wrong. When you compile Java source code, the source code is converted to byte code. The byte code is then read by the Java Virtual Machine which can run the program. 
  4. I've been looking for a good introductory/beginner book on Java to read. What would you recommend? I have heard mixed reviews about certain books like the "Java For Dummies."
  5. Likewise, is Adobe Flash Player needed to run content created in ActionScript? It sounds obvious, but I'm not sure if I'm understanding this correctly. Also, does the Adobe Flash Player itself read and interpret the source code created in ActionScript to run run the application?
  6. I'm about to install the JDK, but I'm not sure which version I'm supposed to get Windowsx86 or Windowsx64. I'm running Windows OS but I don't know what the x86 and x64 means. Here is a link to the download:   http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk-7-netbeans-download-432126.html
  7. How is ActionScript compared to Java, C++, etc.?

      I'm looking to make computer games to share online. Also, far down the road, I would like to make mobile games as well.    Games created using ActionScript can be more easily distributed because mostly everyone has AdobeFlashPlayer installed on their computers to run the games? If that's the reason, but then don't most people also have Java installed as well?
  8. How is ActionScript compared to Java, C++, etc.?

      My goal is primarily to make games (starting with 2D) for the computer which I can publish online. However, later down the road I would also like to develop non-game related applications for the computer. So will Java work for these goals? 
  9.   But wait, you should read me. Not only am I free, I'm easy too!   But I do want to ask two things, what languages do you know right now? And how much experience do you have with programming in general? I know no computer programming languages, lol. But I think Java will be a good start for me. Only thing I'm having trouble with right now is knowing what software and programs to install so I can get started learning through tutorials. I'm kind of stuck without knowing this, but I've done a decent amount of research. I'm comprehending some concepts but sometimes I still get lost with the computer talk and abbreviations such as IMO and API.    Ah. Well there's nothing wrong with Java So download the latest JDK and download Netbeans or Eclipse (either one is fine, they're both IDEs). I would start with looking for a good book on Java and working through that. Then come back to game development. You're gonna need the development skills to be solid first before you go off and start developing games.   Okay, thanks for the help. I think I know everything I need to know now to get started 
  10.   Okay I think I'll still use Java though because it seems to be more popular. And like you said, Photoshop is way to expensive, but now I know I don't need any graphics software to get started anyway. 
  11. How is ActionScript compared to Java, C++, etc.?

      To start, I want to make 2D games for computer which I can publish online for others to play. Therefore, I should use Java? I don't think I want to use ActionScript because it costs money...Flash Builder 4.7 is $699. 
  12. first breakout game

      Not bad, may I ask what program you used to create the images?
  13. Before I start my journey into learning how to develop games and computer program I have to decide what programming language I'm going to use. I'm thinking of maybe going with Adobe's ActionScript. Looking at the Adobe website, it looks like they have all the tools needed to accomplish my goals. However, I need advice from someone more experienced. What do you think?
  14.   But wait, you should read me. Not only am I free, I'm easy too!   But I do want to ask two things, what languages do you know right now? And how much experience do you have with programming in general? I know no computer programming languages, lol. But I think Java will be a good start for me. Only thing I'm having trouble with right now is knowing what software and programs to install so I can get started learning through tutorials. I'm kind of stuck without knowing this, but I've done a decent amount of research. I'm comprehending some concepts but sometimes I still get lost with the computer talk and abbreviations such as IMO and API. 
  15. I am completely new to game development and I want to get started learning how to make games as soon as possible. However, first I need to know what programs or software I will need to get started. I have heard that I will need Java Development Kit, NetBeans (IDE), Adobe Photoshop, and Blender. Is this correct or do I need additional software? By the way, I plan to start making 2D games as that is probably easier to learn at first than 3D. Also, I want to use Java as my programming language.