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    December 30, 2008


    Tom Gleeson

    A good way of getting up to speed with Java is to first try out Groovy. Groovy can use any Java class (and visa versa) so playing with APIs is fast and fun. As you've learnt Ruby in the past you'll find the "scripting" side of Groovy very familiar



    you might want to d/l yourself a copy of Eclipse (and buy a book on how to use it). It's a fantastic IDE at a reasonable cost ($0). I will be happy to answer any Java/Eclipse questions you may have :) just email me at the provided address.


    I got the Eclipse Ganymede release and put up two installs. They are the same version but they look very different. I'm not clear on why one has so many more bells and whistles than the other. I imagine that there are dozens of plug-ins, and support for languages other than Java. I'd like to figure that out - I'm kind of stalled right now because the latest install I have looks unfamiliar - very basic and few of the options in the toolbars I had before.

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