|Computer Science Programming Classes|
This page contains links to pages with information about the various software tools you will be using in introductory programming classes at UT.
Turnin Program: The turnin program allows files to be transferred to and from your account on the microlab server via an internet connection. It is like a simplified FTP (file transfer protocol - A way of transferring files over the Internet from one computer to another.) program. It is a Web based program so you can run it from anywhere, in the lab or from the comfort of your dorm room. The turnin program can be accessed via the following web page: http://turnin.microlab.cs.utexas.edu/turnin. See the turnin page for more details:
JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition Version 7.0 and Documentation: According to Sun's Java homepage the"Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) software is the premier platform for rapidly developing and deploying secure, portable applications that run on server and desktop systems spanning most operating systems." If you want to work at home you must download and install Sun's J2SE Development Kit (JDK) which includes both the development tools (compiler, etc.) and the JavaTM 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition, v 6.0. Essentially The Java 2 JDK, along with a text editor of some sort, is the minimum software you need to create and run Java programs. See this page for instructions for download and installation.
Jar: The Java ARchiving tool. On assignments with more than one file, students must turn in a single jar file containing all the required files.
If you want to use an IDE (interactive development environment) to help implement and test your programs for assignments I suggest you use either BlueJ or Eclipse.
Eclipse: The recommended IDE for the class.
A useful page from Cay Horstmann with instructions for some of the more popular environments for using Java. (Command line, BlueJ, Eclipse)
Adobe Acrobat Reader: Slides from class will be available in pdf format which can be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader for whatever platform you are using at home. Acrobat reader is available for free via the web. The slides will also be available in PowerPoint format.