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Java basic course.. Why the "console", and not oracle's Java SE?

Hello treehouse, teachers and fellow colleagues!

Well, I've started the Java Basics course. While on it, I started wondering about one thing... I was expecting that at some point I would be, at least, asked to download the official Java SE from the net so that I start applying Java on my own PC, and offline. But this didn't happen. It appears to me that I would end up learning to apply Java only on the Treehouse's "console"... Why? "Console" is not present in the world of Java programmers around me..

I would appreciate getting a swift explanation, a guidance in this matter. I really like the materials on Treehouse, but I also want to learn to be a programmer in real life, and not only on the "console".


2 Answers

Craig Dennis
Craig Dennis
Treehouse Teacher

Hi Ahmad!

Thanks for your concern. I explained in this forum post some of the reasoning.

Feel free to download Java SE JDK and install it if you want to run it locally. All of the course materials will work in your terminal (command prompt in Windows), using the commands shown in Workspaces.

I am in the process of wrapping up Java Data Structures and when that is done, the next course is on using IDEs, so we'll explore all the functionality available.

Let me know if you still have questions!

Hello Craig! Woow, that was a really fast response. Thanks for your swift support! I am sorry for having asked about an already existing topic. I tried to search in the forum before posting, but couldn't find it. Thanks again!

Craig Dennis
Craig Dennis
Treehouse Teacher

Oh hey hope that didn't come across as snarky! I was just saying, hey here's a lot of detail on that with more feedback, totally wasn't suggesting you should've searched for it.

Thanks again for the feedback! Keep raising questions!