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Installing Sun Java, Eclipse, and Android SDK on Ubuntu 10.04

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Ever since Ubuntu (and Debian) removed Sun Java from their repos, the official instructions┬áhave been out of date. (Additionally, Debian’s and Ubuntu’s wikis about installing Sun Java have become out of date.) Google knows about this since I’ve seen the issue brought up on their mailing lists, but they’ve never updated the documentation. It is yet another reason why I feel Google does not care so much about third party developers, but c’est la vie.

Additionally, the Google release cycle moves much faster than Debian’s. Ubuntu also has trouble keeping large packages like Eclipse up to date, so it’s not always certain that the version of Eclipse available in your package manager will be the version by the ADT Plugin. For example, the version of Eclipse in Natty (11.04) was 3.5, which was originally released in 2009. Google still advises developers to use Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 even with all these outdated packages. (Anyways, Linux package management doesn’t fit with today’s model of desktop computing.)

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Written by notatypewriter

2012 April 15 at 11:49 am

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Teaching Java Fail

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I tried to help somebody who had never programmed before with his Java homework. It opened my eyes to what seems to be Java’s failings as a first language for non-programmers.

Ithink the problem is that the best way to introduce programming seems to be little script-y things and then build up to packages and classes. Java does not really enable that. Here are some examples.

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Written by notatypewriter

2011 November 16 at 11:57 pm

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