One of the biggest stumbling blocks for a new Java programmer is configuration problems related to Sun's Software Development Kit, which does not set up the Path and ClassPath environmental variables during Windows installation but requires them for use. I have received at least 1,000 e-mails over the past five years from readers about these problems.

To help some of these readers, I have published a free online tutorial, Using the Software Development Kit on a Windows System. I updated it today so that it also covers Windows 2000, NT, and XP.

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