CS 210 Introduction to Computing with Java
Tips on Installing Software Development Tools at Home
Fall 2016


We cannot directly support your home environment for CS210.  However, here are a few tips that may help you install the same environment at home that we are using in the labs in the library and in our Linux/PC Lab.  All the software is free on the internet, though you’ll need a broadband connection for downloading large files in a reasonable amount of time.


We will be using Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, Version 8.  You need to download and/or install the following pieces of software.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.


·       Java Run-time Environment (JRE) – Your PC probably already has this software loaded and installed, but if it does not you need to download and install it from this URL:



·       Dr JavaDr Java is an Open Source Java IDE.  The file that you download is the executable application itself: drjava-stable-20140826-r5761.  You do not need to perform any “installation” process after downloading it.  Just execute the downloaded file itself.  Dr Java should contain the Eclipse compiler and junit.framework library classes.  However, if it does not or you are using a different IDE, you MAY need to do these additional steps.


·       JDK (If needed) - Download and install the J2SE Development Kit (JDK) from this URL:



Ø  You do not need to download the version including Enterprise Edition (EE) or NetBeans.  NetBeans is an open-source, integrated development environment (IDE) for Java.  We will be using a different Java IDE (see below). 

Ø  You may want to down load the Java documentation available on line.

Ø  Configure DrJava or your IDE with the location of the JDK>


·       JUnit Software (If needed) – Download and unzip the JUnit software directory from this URL:

http://junit.org/junit4/ and put the unzipped directory in a directory C:\Program Files\JUnit. 

Ø  There is no installation process for this software package.

Ø  Configure DrJava or your IDE with the location of the JDK.

Test your installation – Download the Lab 1 Project File (See link on the CS210 Syllabus Page).  Unzip it and test it as explained in the Lab 1 Assignment.