Setting up the development environment

This page describes how to set up the development environment that you will use to complete the exercises in this tutorial.

This tutorial is written for a Microsoft Windows development environment, but you can also complete the exercises using macOS or Linux. Sections below that apply to Microsoft Windows only are indicated with a Windows icon ( ).

Install Oracle Java 8

Follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install the Oracle Java 8 64-bit JDK

    For detailed instructions on installing Java on Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, and macOS, see Installing Java.
  2. Set the JAVA_HOME environment to the root of the JDK’s installation directory

There are known issues with installing some versions of Oracle Java on macOS. For details and workarounds, see Installing Java.

Install Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA

The tutorials in this course require an IDE with Gradle integration. Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA are used as examples.

For installation instructions, follow the links below:

Install Google Chrome

The tutorials require a web browser that includes comprehensive developer tools. Google Chrome is used as an example.

Install the Google Chrome web browser.

Install a Bash shell ( )

This section only applies if you are using Microsoft Windows.

The Caplin Deployment Framework is designed to run in a Bash shell. To run the Deployment Framework on Microsoft Windows, install Cygwin or Git Bash and enable the winsymlinks:lnk option.

For detailed instructions, see Installing Bash on Windows.

Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for VS 2015 ( )

This section only applies if you are using Microsoft Windows.

The Windows builds of Liberator and Transformer require the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015.

The installer is available at The latest supported Visual C++ downloads on the Microsoft website.