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Eclipse doesn't seem to be saving java files [message #1707128] Wed, 02 September 2015 13:18 Go to next message
Angela Carter is currently offline Angela CarterFriend
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I downloaded the eclipse software on my desktop and my laptop for a Java class I am taking. it doesn't show up in my program files. When I open up the application file it appears it is running ok but when I go to save the files on my computer to my jump drive and open them on my other computer it doesn't seem to recognize them. When I looked at the installation instructions my computer didn't run the install wizard and doesn't appear as an installed program. I had to extract the files and there isn't an executable file. Please help!!
Re: Eclipse doesn't seem to be saving java files [message #1707146 is a reply to message #1707128] Wed, 02 September 2015 14:46 Go to previous message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 09/02/2015 08:21 AM, Angela Carter wrote:
> I downloaded the eclipse software on my desktop and my laptop for a Java
> class I am taking. it doesn't show up in my program files. When I open
> up the application file it appears it is running ok but when I go to
> save the files on my computer to my jump drive and open them on my other
> computer it doesn't seem to recognize them. When I looked at the
> installation instructions my computer didn't run the install wizard and
> doesn't appear as an installed program. I had to extract the files and
> there isn't an executable file. Please help!!

First, Eclipse isn't installed software in the Windows sense of that term.

Caveat: with Mars there's apparently an installer now for Eclipse, but
not having used it and not being a Windows guy, I don't know whether
it's anything more than just help in exploding the Eclipse download.
Your mileage with what I'm saying here may therefore vary.

Instead, Eclipse is a zip you explode on a filesystem path of your own
choosing. It's personal-productivity software. The best place to put it
is on a path of your own and not into Program Files which creates
problems that can be solved, but aren't worth the effort and confusion.

I would put it on the path C:\Users\Angela\eclipse. (I'm not a Windows
guy, but I did Eclipse back in the day on XP and 7 so I do know what I'm
talking about.)

Second, I strongly suggest that you take Eclipse less lightly than you
appear to have done. I realize that you've got your hands full with
school and that this IDE is like swallowing an elephant, but unless your
programming class won't ultimately be important to you, Eclipse is
probably going to be an important tool to you from now on--no matter
what language you end up preferring or being forced to use. My
suggestion would be to set aside some time this weekend to run through
this tutorial

http://www.vogella.com/tutorials/Eclipse/article.html

or, at least, another entry-level Eclipse tutorial that will make you
feel more in control of what it is and how it works. You can skip the
more esoteric bits of this tutorial that you don't need up front (past
items, say, 25 or 26). Once you do this, you will be--I guarantee
it--the class expert and you will not have put that much time into it.

If you'd like really hands-on help up front installing whatever version
of Eclipse you choose, (which will allow you to skip over the first 7
items in the tutorial) I offer these notes which will help give you a
pictorial of the various elements that go into a good installation (with
the caveat already expressed that I haven't tried the rather new Eclipse
installer thingy). Once you've done what's in this article (leaving out
Tomcat because it's probably not important right now), you'll have a
rock-solid Eclipse installation that you will not need to fuss with
afterward.

http://www.javahotchocolate.com/notes/eclipse-jdk-tomcat.html

Hope this helps. Come back to the forum as soon as you like with any
questions. Best of luck to you.
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