Amazon Java is an incredibly versatile programming language. For a project I've been working on I use Java and Hibernate to easily manipulate the underlying database which is MySQL. I have many tables that relate to each other in complex ways, but Hibernate takes away much complexity and leaves me to worry about only the business logic. Java has so many useful third party libraries that do anything you possibly need for the rest of your life.
Step 1: Download Java
Download the latest Java at http://www.java.com/en/download/. The one I downloaded is jdk-6u20-windows-i586.exe. It installs Java compiling and runtime environment at C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_20\.
Step 2: Environment Setup
Add C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_20\bin to 'path' environment variable so that you can run Java related tools in a terminal, two of which are 'javac' and 'java'.
For those who are wondering how Java recognizes where to find its libraries and stuff here's a good article: How Java Recognizes Where Things Are!
Let's move forward!
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