Java and Eclipse and Linux… Oh, my!

I have been flipping between Windows and Linux for quite some time now and I’ve finally decided to stick to Linux for the remainder of my “vacation”. I’ve been looking into object oriented programming for a while. I think it’s time I either get serious about technology or get out of the sector.

Java offers a unique opportunity. Sun has announced plans to open source java and it is beginning to take shape. I think this will help guarantee it will be around a while. On top of that, Java and C# share a lot of similarities so it won’t lock me in to one language for life. I find I actually use more Java based programs than C# based. So, I began looking into learning Java and found that it is a real pain trying to get any software in this part of the world. I plugged in my linux hard drive and found that I already had Eclipse installed (an open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment)). Next thing I knew, I had everything in front of me to begin coding away. The best part is, it is all free. Free as in beer. Free as in speech.

A little searching on the web found a plethora of Computer Science courses related to OOP and Java. And people wonder why I love the internet and open source so much.