Printing to the Output Window

You can run the code you have so far, and turn it into a program. It doesn't do anything, but it will still compile. So let's add one line of code just so that we can see how it works.

We'll output some text to a console window. Add the following line to your main method:

public static void main( String[ ] args ) {

System.out.println( "My First Project" );

}

When you type the full stop after "System", NetBeans will try to help you by displaying a list of available options:

The Java System Options

Double click out to add it to your code, then type another full stop. Again, the list of options appears:

The Java Output Options

Select println( ). What this does is to print a line of text to the output screen. But you need to place your text between the round brackets of println. Your text needs to go between a pair of double quotes:

Println double quotes

Once you have your double quotes in place, type your text:

Text added in double quotes

Notice that the line ends in a semicolon. Each complete line of code in Java needs a semicolon at the end. Miss it out and the program won't compile.

OK, we can now go ahead and test this program out. First, though, save your work. You can click File > Save, or File > Save All. Or click the Save icon on the NetBeans toolbar.

To end this section, click below to learn how to run your programs.

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