I programmed RPG for 5 years before switched to Java. I started with text
edit too. That was before Eclipse age and before my daughter was born.

Learning Java is so much easier now. Last summer I watched my 8th grade
daughter learning Java by herself. She followed an internet tutorial,
downloaded Eclipse, and started programming. I was disappointed that she
did not ask me a single question. (Who wants to ask parents when uncle
Google is around 24/7 and is much more polite, patient, and knowledgeable?
)

I also recommend start with Eclipse. Forget RPG for a moment. Learn Java
(and SQL). You will be able to solve RPG world problems with Java soon.
Many good online resources are available. This one for example:
https://www.udemy.com/java-tutorial/ (free)

On Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 1:51 AM, D*B <dieter.bender@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

... RPG has only a subset of capabilities of Java and following an aproach
learning Java from a RPG perspective could not be successfull, you will be
stuck with Java programms looking like RPG code. The already mentioned Java
tutorials from the java home at oracle are good ressources to start with.
The Java version is not so important for beginners, the basics are
available since Java 5.

Dieter Bender
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