Hi! i'm a newbie to .jsp "Java Server Pages" correct the name if i'm wrong. I want to setup a local developement evironment on my windows xp home computer. Can somebody suggest a article or list the steps involved setting up a local .jsp environment?.
The three biggest things you will need, in order are:
[list=1][*]The Java Software Development Kit (SDK), available at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html (make sure you get the SDK version)[*]The Tomcat server, available at http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/ (since you're just starting, go with Tomcat 5.x)[*](optional) Ant - a build tool - useful if you want build things like tag libraries, servlets, or any other programs that use Ant. Available at http://ant.apache.org/[/list=1]
The docs available on the Tomcat pages are an excellent way to learn. They can help you even if you're just starting out. Also, the example applications that come with Tomcat can help you learn too.
I don't see that you need the J2EE environment right now. You just want the section that has "Download J2SE v 1.4.2_03". Again, make sure you get the SDK version, not the JRE version. When you get to the last page it will let you decide what operating system you have. I personally find it easier to get the "Offline" installation package but that is up to you.
Also, I would not get the Netbeans IDE right now - start out a little slower with just the SDK.
Also, to add to the comment about NetBeans. Personally, I find it to be a decent editor, but not all that great. Once you feel you understand the way JSP works, and feel that Notepad isn't cutting it for you any longer, I would recommend that you look into Eclipse (http://www.eclipse.org/)