Java Here I Come

   10 June 2008, early morning

I haven’t had to write a Java program in ages. I think the last one I wrote was for CS341 (Algorthims), which would have been sometime in the Winter of 2002. After Algorithms all the courses I took used C++ — or were all about the math. Java looks a lot like C++, but the similarities end pretty quickly. The last time I wrote Java code it was all vim and the command line. Apparently that’s not the way people do things anymore. I’m downloading Netbeans – ever so slowly – now. I don’t think I’ve used an IDE since I was in high school. (Turbo Pascal, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.) I’m not a big fan of IDEs. I think they can sometimes hide too much of what is going on from the developer. With something like C++, I think it’s important to know how to cobble together a Makefile, and understand dependencies and the like. That said, I’m also not a big fan of doing crap work the computer can do for you. I’ll have to see how Netbeans works out.

 

Comments

  1. Have you tried out Eclipse?

  2. No, not yet. I guess that’s something else to look into.

    Java is totally fucking crazy.

  3. Oh Turbo Pascal – still gives me shivers from memories of Grade 10 Programming!

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