Java Runtime Environment Support

Many of the programs that I write, I write in the Java programming language.

To run Java programs, you will need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The JRE is available for free from Oracle (which bought Sun Microsystems). The URL is:

Finally, you'll want to get the JRE, not the JDK. The JRE is labeled explicitly as "JRE". It won't be among the first choices for downloading, but it will be near those first options. The JDK won't hurt anything, but it's a lot more stuff than you need.

Java Platforms
(technical reference)
JRE best choice okay, but overkill won't work
JDK okay, but overkill okay, but overkill won't work

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