MIDL Installation Steps
To be able to run MIDL on your computer, here are the simple setup steps needed:
(Basically these steps install Java on your computer, as well as a network launching
package called Java WebStart)
NOTE: Java 1.5 is also called J2SE 5.0 and so you may see this label on some of Sun's and Apple's web sites.
For PC users:
| Install the latest version of Java, which comes bundled with WebStart. |
| Go to this page at Sun: |
| Click on the "Download JRE" link. |
| (You can also install the JDK, which
is a superset of what you need - it includes Java
development tools, if you want to do Java programming!)|
|On the next page you see, there will be a list of links.
You want the link which says |
| something like
"Offline Windows Multi-language." |
| Save the file behind this link,
and once its downloaded, double click to install Java.|
NOTE: The most recently installed version of Java takes
precedence over all other previously installed versions.|
For MAC users:
NOTE: Java 1.5 and J2SE 5.0 are the same thing.
Follow these steps:
- If you don't have it already, upgrade to Tiger, MAC OS 10.4.2 or higher.
(the preferred version is whatever Apple's
current highest version is - right now that's 10.4.2 or maybe 10.4.3).
You also have to install a special update to get the latest version of Java. This is described in the steps below.
Go to Apple's developer update site
and look for an update labelled J2SE 5.0 - download the DMG for this update.
Install the DMG file
- There are some special steps to get the MAC to start using the new version of Java.
Open this folder: Applications->Utilities->Java->J2SE 5.0
and double click to open the Java Preferences item.
In the choices at the top regarding applets and browsers, choose J2SE 5.0
In a list farther down, you will probably see two versions of Java:
Drag the J2SE 5.0 item so it is at the front of the list.
For Linux and Solaris users:
The instructions are basically the same as for PC/Windows users above,
except select the download for your operating system.
| There may be some differences in how you install the downloaded file, and you may need to use a privelidged account. |
Last modified: Mon Nov 03 20:09:57 Eastern Standard Time 2003