Appendix B. Programming with the Java Development Kit

The Java Development Kit (JDK) can be used throughout this tutorial to create, compile, and run Java programs. The tools that make up the kit contain numerous features that many programmers don't explore at all, and some of the tools themselves might be new to you. This appendix covers features of the JDK that you can use to create more reliable, better-tested, and faster-running Java programs. The following topics will be covered:

  • Running Java apps with the interpreter
  • Compiling programs with the compiler
  • Running Java applets with the applet viewer
  • Creating documentation with the documentation tool
  • Finding bugs in your program and learning more about its performance with the debugger
  • Setting system properties with the interpreter and applet viewer