Java for Beginning Programmers
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NOTE: Jurtle is now a free application. After downloading, use the following license string to gain full access to the application:
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While Jurtle is ideal for high school students and homeschoolers, even adults wanting to learn the basics of programming in Java will find Jurtle a great way to learn.
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.
The latest version of Jurtle even allows you to program the LEGO® MindStorms™ robotic system using Java and the LeJOS operating system for the RCX brick. Now you can easily program your Mindstorms robots using the powerful java language.
Jurtle really is the "Java Educational Environment". We hope you enjoy using it while learning Java.
Note: Jurtle will run unlicensed for a 7 day trial period. After 7 days, to continue using Jurtle you will need to purchase a license.