I’ve gotten Microsoft Writer to work on my Windows 8.1 machines. Hint, there are a couple of versions out there. The first one I tried said I already had the latest version of Windows Live Essentials, the second one worked.
I have finally gotten Eclipse to work with the Java materials we use (we’ve been using Stacy Armstrong’s materials, but I have also used Leon Scham’s). We’ll go with whatever text book the district went with the textbook adoption.
I know, I’ve used Eclipse before – either on a Linux Virtual Machine or on a machine someone setup. We had been using JCreator, but it doesn’t look like its supported anymore – the forum was saying it was being updated with a January date, and they don’t answer their support requests – well, you get a canned supply.
Plus, using a real IDE is a good idea. I’ve also had trouble setting it up in workshops.
I used the Litvin’s site to figure out how to set it up – http://www.skylit.com – look for the how-to’s
I’m doing some reviewing of Java, and then I think I will play with writing some Android apps.