Despite being a massive Mac fanboi I am the first to admit that as soon as you start going a little off piste with OSX you run into problems that require technical knowledge to fix. Java development on the Mac falls into the category of off piste and it has always been more than a little fun getting things set up.
Now that Oracle are providing the JDK it seems that things no longer live quite where they do which left me scratching my head when trying to get Eclipse working with JDK 1.7.
Installing JDK 1.7 is easy, go to the Oracle download page, grab the 64bit OSX DMG, open, run, job done.
$ java -version java version "1.7.0_45" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_45-b18) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.45-b08, mixed mode)
Now to tell Eclipse where the JDK is:
$ ls -l `which java` lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 74 24 Oct 15:37 /usr/bin/java -> /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands/java
Great… except Eclipse doesn’t recognise
/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/ as a valid JDK location.
A bit of Googling I discovered the magic
$ /usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.7 /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_45.jdk/Contents/Home
Giving that directory to Eclipse made it happy and I’m now able to use an up to date version of Java for my code.