One of the problems with on-line tutorials is that we’re all running on different operating systems with different tools installed. I find it quite annoying that every tutorial has 15 pages of alternative OS installation routines before you get to the real subject.
The simplest way to get started is if we have a common development environment. Doing this using open source tools is obviously the most accessible. I thought it best to start with the machine, so installing a virtual machine (VM), with a common operating system (Ubuntu) and tools (Aptana Studio).
Download and install VirtualBox https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Download the Ubuntu 14.04.1 ISO image http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
Set up a Virtual Machine using the Ubuntu image.
Install the Guest Additions (on the VirtualBox devices menu) in the VM to simplify use – reboot the VM once it’s installed.
Now, in the VM:
Add Terminal to the task bar
Run terminal and set-up the JDK and Chromium browser (needed for Aptana Studio) as follows:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-chromium-builds/stage sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install default-jdk sudo apt-get install chromium-browser sudo apt-get install git
Download Aptana Studio 3 http://www.aptana.com/products/studio3/download.html
Extract it somewhere you like. Run AptanaStudio3 and use the default workspace.
You should have something like this:
Now shut-down the VM and create a snapshot so that you can always go back to this point if you need to later.