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.



  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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