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Jurtle 1.7.1
Feb 17, 2005 06:35PM
Contributed by: btschumy
Download: 1.182 MB Disk Image

Jurtle is an integrated programming environment designed for people who want to learn programming in Java but may not have programmed before. It provides a simple yet powerful programming editor coupled with built-in facilities for compiling and running your programs. Unlike most other development environments, no complex configuration is needed in order to use Jurtle. Install it and immediately start running the examples and learning to write them yourself. It can be used by an individual to learn Java on their own, or in a classroom situation to teach java to a group.

Jurtle was initially developed as an aid while teaching an 8th grade programming class. The students found existing development tools too complex and boring to use. As Jurtle was introduced in the class, the students became more engaged and became more successful.

While Jurtle is ideal for high school or older middle school students, even adults wanting to learn the basics of Java will find Jurtle a great way to learn.

The Jurtle Integrated Development Environment makes it easy to learn java because it is coupled with an online Java tutorial.

Learning the full Java language can be a bit overwhelming, however Jurtle provides a gentle introduction to Java. It comes with its own tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to begin writing basic Java programs. Jurtle starts you out by having you write programs that move a "turtle" on screen, leaving a trail that can create interesting and even beautiful pictures.

(Java + Turtle = Jurtle)

Once the basics of Turtle Graphics programming are mastered, Jurtle can be used to create simple GUI applications, web-based Java applets and text-based console applications.

Jurtle also has built-in links to other more advanced tutorials on the web such as Sun's highly acclaimed Java Tutorials. Jurtle has special features that allow easy importing of the examples used by those and other tutorials.

Jurtle really is the "Java Educational Environment". We hope you enjoy using it while learning Java.

- Fixed problem where the Java compiler wasn't always found when using a 1.4 Java release.
- Fixed application hang when licensing Jurtle when running under Java 1.5
- Fixed several typos in the documentation.

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