Odds are at some point this year you’ll probably need to work on your computer science assignments at home, and you’ll need NetBeans to do so. Below are some instructions on getting NetBeans up and running on your home computer.

Java JDK

First step is to download the Java Development Kit, or JDK. The JDK is a collection of tools that will compile the Java code that you write and allow it to run.

Head over to Oracle.com and pick up the JDK for your computer. If you’re running a 32-bit version of Windows then get the x86 version, for 64-bit Windows grab the x64 version, and there’s only one version for the Mac people out there. If you are running Windows and don’t know if it’s 32 or 64-bit, the 32-bit will work on either.

We have JDK 8 installed in the labs, but the College Board doesn’t test on anything higher than version 7 so you can install either. The link in the paragraph above is for JDK8.

Check the radio button that you accept the license, something I forget all the time, and select the download that you need.

JDK Links

Once your file is downloaded, run it to install the JDK to your computer. The default options for folders are probably okay, although watch that nothing else is getting installed. In the past Java liked to install browser toolbars, which you don’t really want.

netbeans-logoDownload NetBeans

Now head over to NetBeans.org to download, uh, NetBeans.

Version 8 is the current version and the one that we’re using in class.

You’ve got several options on what languages you want support for in your download. For now you can download the Java SE version which has everything you’ll need for class. If, down the road, you can add support for other languages through plugins.

And… done

And that’s it. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the JDK and NetBeans you should be able to open up your lab assignments.

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