We’re going to cover quite a bit today, so be sure to carve out some time for this one. Also, it’s best if you follow along, so if you don’t already have Eclipse installed, see last week‘s article for a link to the download page.
My goal today is to show you how to get started with Eclipse, and then show you the building-blocks of programming: variables, conditional statements and for loops. These three things form the basic tool set that you’ll use in every program from here on out. Variables are how you store and access information. Conditional statements are how you control the program and allow it to make decisions. For loops are the most basic way to run through a set of data points, running calculations or making decisions along the way.