Thursday, May 3, 2007
I programmed using JBuilder 7, circa 2003, that used Java 1.3. It worked fine, it was fast and my computer was not top of the line either. JBuilder 7 did well at most things, but it didn’t off packages, yes all your classes were in one long list. At first this didn’t bother me, but later it was too much. My program had 118 classes and 700kb of source code. It is hard to visualize 700kb but written out it would be the size of a thick 500 page novel. Backups were made just zipping up all the source code. No standardized testing was done, but testing was done ad hoc when there was an error. Not knowing what to do with errors, I usually just threw a Runtime Exception with a message about the problem, which is not very friendly but what are the alternatives?
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